Property partner Simon Hellewell joins Ward Hadaway in Leeds

Ward Hadaway has recruited property partner Simon Hellewell to its Leeds office.

Hellewell has more than 20 years’ specialist expertise in a range of different real estate fields with particular strength in the house building sector and leaves hlw Keeble Hawson to join Ward Hadaway.

He has advised a range of residential developers, including substantial regional house building companies, on matters including land acquisition, site assembly, joint venture agreements and overage on sites ranging from a handful of houses to major 300-home estates.

Outside of the house building sector, he has worked with developers, retailers, investors, lenders and insolvency practitioners on a broad spectrum of matters. He has acted on acquisitions and disposals of investment properties ranging from high street shops to business parks and multi-million pound office premises in locations across the country.

Hellewell said: “I’m delighted to be joining the firm at a very exciting time in its development.There is a sense that Ward Hadaway is really going places with its relocation to Wellington Place and I’m really looking forward to playing my part in the firm’s continued success and helping its clients with a wide range of property matters.”

Kevin Weston, partner and head of Ward Hadaway’s Leeds property team, said: “It is terrific to be able to welcome Simon to the team here in Leeds.

“I am sure his broad experience in the property sector and particularly his expertise in the house building sector will be of great benefit to our clients and help with our plans to continue expanding the practice here.”

Harmajinder Hayre, executive partner for Ward Hadaway’s Leeds office, said: “Simon’s recruitment is further evidence of our long-term commitment to invest and grow further in Leeds following our move to Wellington Place in the autumn. Being able to recruit lawyers of his calibre and standing speaks volumes for our reputation in the marketplace and we look forward to welcoming more new recruits in 2017.”