Hill Dickinson adds commercial real estate team to Leeds office

Hill Dickinson adds commercial real estate team to Leeds office

Hill Dickinson has boosted its service offering in Leeds with the addition of a commercial real estate team.

The latest addition builds on the firm’s appointment 12 months ago of a new, Leeds-based, corporate team as it continues the expansion of its business advisory services into Yorkshire and across the North.

Heading up the commercial real estate team in Leeds is partner Richard Outhwaite, who joins from Shoosmiths.

He is joined by several more appointments, including partner Emma Roche, senior associates Katherine Lee and Dian Johnson, and paralegal Anna Moore.

The team acts for high-profile retailers, developers, investors, banks and financial institutions with clients including Fraser Group, Alteri Partners, Asset Capital, Stirling Investments, Park Lane Group, Westcourt Group, and Helmsley Group.

The new commercial real estate team team adds further breadth and depth to Hill Dickinson’s national real estate and construction offering which now numbers more than 60 lawyers, with a wealth of experience in areas such as investment, development and real estate finance.

Craig Scott, head of the firm’s business services group, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Richard and his team to the firm as we continue to grow our nationwide business services offering by investing in Leeds. It’s an exciting part of our ongoing plans for further, sustained growth of our business services group both in the city of Leeds and nationally.”

He continued: “Appointing a Leeds-based commercial real estate team positions us at the heart of the city’s thriving property market with the twin advantages of local market knowledge and the backing of well-established teams in our Liverpool, London and Manchester offices. Our investment—as with the introduction of a Leeds-based corporate team in 2021—reflects the growing reputation of the city as a centre for business and is a natural next step in our growth strategy.”

Esther Venning, Hill Dickinson’s head of office in Leeds, added: “The addition of a commercial real estate team in our Leeds office comes in response to identified market and client demand. Richard and his team have already marked their arrival with completion of the sale of Green Park Business Centre, York, and by securing a new instruction from Helmsley Group to deal with the regeneration of Coney Street, York.”

The Leeds office opened in 2017 and has since grown from three to almost 40 people.

The firm also announced the opening of an office in Newcastle—its sixth UK office—on 1 July 2022.

Pictured: Richard Outhwaite, Kat Lee, Anna Moore, Dian Johnson and Emma Roche / Image: Hill Dickinson
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