PLA names new head of Northern region

The Property Litigation Association (PLA) has appointed Richard Cressall as chair of its Northern region as it looks to increase its activity in the area.

The association’s Northern arm is planning to launch a property litigation training day in the summer to promote the work of the organisation.

Cressall (pictured) joined Leeds and Bradford-based law firm Gordons in 2015 and leads the expanding property litigation team at the firm, where he represents a variety of national retailers.

His experience includes many aspects of property disputes, with a specific focus on the retail, industrial and investment sectors.

Commenting on his appointment, Cressall said: “Property litigation is a technical and specialist area of the law and the work of the PLA is essential to the practice and development of lawyers with this specialism.”

“I have seen first-hand the important work the PLA is involved in; I first attended PLA events whilst I was practising in London and I have continued to support the PLA very actively over the last seven years here in the north.”

Commenting on the new property litigation training day, Cressall said: “The new flagship training coming up this summer should help us to emulate the profile that the PLA has achieved in London and the southeast.”

“I am really looking forward to leading the association in the North of England and increasing the profile of the PLA in our region.”

Martin Edwards, national chair of the association, said: “Our Northern region is one of the largest and busiest in our association. We are very pleased to see Richard taking up this appointment and the support which his committee will provide to all our members across the region.”

The national association of property law experts aims to contribute to property law reform.

The organisation provides education and training to members on current legislation, changes in the law and is also a lobbying voice in proposing suitable changes to the law or providing critique on proposed reform.