Blacks strengthens property team

Leeds-based Blacks Solicitors has invested in its property law offering with the appointment of planning specialist James Cook.

Cook joins Blacks as a partner and brings almost two decades of planning law experience with him.

Working with clients in both the private and public sectors, Cook provides legal and strategic advice on major regeneration planning for mixed-use schemes, housing, retail and business parks.

Cook also advises on listed buildings, planning enforcement, advertisements, conservation areas, and town and village greens. He also supports clients in High Court actions, including judicial reviews and injunctions.

Commenting on his new role at Blacks, Cook said: “Leeds has received significant investment over the past decade and is currently undergoing huge redevelopment.”

“It’s a pivotal time to be joining Blacks’ property team and I look forward to supporting the firm’s clients.”

Nick Dyson, partner and head of property at Blacks, is excited to welcome Cook and his extensive planning experience to the firm. He added: “We’ve enjoyed watching Leeds develop over the years and we are delighted to be able to strengthen the property service we offer our clients with the appointment of James; a highly respected adviser with a national reputation.”

“He has a wealth of experience which I am confident will make a real difference to our clients, and we are really pleased to be welcoming him to the team.”

Pictured: Matthew Hutchinson, Beth Laidler, James Cook, Marc Warren and Nick Dyson