By: 15 March 2024
Blacks Solicitors real estate team expands expertise with new hires

The real estate team at Blacks Solicitors is celebrating a strong start to 2024 with the announcement of a series of new appointments and promotions.

The team has recently appointed Rowan Thomas as senior associate solicitor and Lucy Storey as associate solicitor, along with Joshua Ackroyd as a paralegal.

Rowan brings her 14 years of commercial property experience from an international firm to lead the department in offering expertise in development work.

Conor Tobin and Victoria Adamson have also joined the cohort as newly qualified solicitors, after starting at the firm as trainees in 2021.

Marcus Kaye, who joined the firm in 2017, has been promoted to partner. Marcus has been instrumental in the team’s growth in the real estate sector, leading the way in advising high street lenders and dealing with mixed use sites.

Commenting on his promotion, Marcus Kaye said: “It’s been a pleasure to have assisted in the expansion of our real estate specialism and witness the team’s involvement in some cutting-edge work across the energy, parks and development sectors. I’m committed to continuing to deliver expert and high-quality services to our clients as the real estate offering continues to grow.”

Another promotion has seen Ben Finley, who trained and qualified with Blacks, being promoted to senior associate solicitor, offering expertise in a variety of leasehold and freehold transactions.

Over the past four years, Blacks’ real estate department has grown to become 28 person strong, collectively recording deals valued at more than £500 million and reporting a turnover of more than £2 million in 2023.

Discussing the recent expansion, Beth Laidler, partner in real estate at Blacks, commented:

“We remain dedicated to consolidating our offering in the property sector and building a strong reputation in the market. We’re excited and looking forward to Conor, Rowan, Victoria, Lucy, and Josh settling into the real estate division.”

Nick Dyson, head of real estate at Blacks Solicitors, added:

“Our cohort has gone from strength to strength and it’s a privilege to lead one of the finest, specialist real estate legal divisions in the region. I am extremely proud of the team for their ongoing hard work, which is reflected in the significant number of matters dealt with and the increase in turnover that we have generated in the last financial year. “Our team’s commitment, great spirit, and passion have continued to shine as we deliver high-quality and specialist services to our clients.”


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Emma Cockings
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