By: 17 January 2018
CML celebrates trio of new client wins

Ilkley–based commercial property law firm Claire Murphy Legal (CML) is celebrating three new client wins.

UK food retailer Lidl, construction and property services company Strategic Team Group, and Dalehead Properties, a client of Leeds-based surveyor Brackenridge Hanson Tate, are the latest additions to the firm’s client portfolio.

CML has been appointed to the property panel for Lidl and is now working on new store acquisitions.

For Dalehead Properties, CML will be working on a development in the Yorkshire town of Haworth, and with Strategic Team Group, the firm will primarily deal with all aspects of the acquisition and disposal of development sites for social and affordable housing.

Stuart Jardine, head of property for the Northwest at Lidl, commented: “It’s unusual for small law firms to bring the level of expertise that Claire Murphy has and her practice is both heavyweight and fleet of foot which is a perfect fit for us.”

“Claire knows the property sector inside out; her knowledge of property law is second to none and she is a trusted and valued name and we’re really looking forward to working with her on more projects.

Murphy (pictured) added: “Most solicitors are naturally conservative and would never choose to move away from the security of working for large legal practices and to set up their own law firms, but it’s a business decision that has paid off well for me.”

“Positioning my firm as a niche player in such a specialist and complex area of the law means that each client benefits directly from my legal knowledge and commercial business skills.”

“I’m thrilled to have added three significant new clients to the CML portfolio in 2017; it’s another step towards cementing the practice as the number one ‘go to’ Yorkshire law firm for commercial property.”

CML is also advising Leeds-based developer City Fusion on the newly announced major mixed-use development scheme for Kirkgate, one of Leeds city centre’s oldest streets.

The plans for the scheme include 80 new build apartments, a new public square between the Corn Exchange and First White Cloth Hall, and a new pedestrianised street.