Wilkin Chapman recruits experienced property lawyer

Wilkin Chapman has appointed property lawyer Andrew Harbourne as a partner.

Harbourne, who has joined the law firm after relocating from London and the Home Counties, specialises in commercial property. He will work across the Humber and Lincolnshire region.

He also has significant expertise in the construction sector, working on multi-million-pound projects, including university, charity and housing association schemes, as well as the construction of a large hotel on the fringes of the City of London, the refurbishment of a group of iconic buildings in London mid-town and the construction of a bridge over a major railway line.

Other specialisms include charity law relating to property, and the schools and further and higher education property sector.

Harbourne (pictured) said: “Wilkin Chapman was the right firm for me to join. This is an exciting new opportunity and I am extremely pleased.”

Grimsby-headquartered Wilkin Chapman’s business solutions arm, meanwhile, recently supported Jaguar Land Rover’s acquisition of one of Britain’s most innovative 4×4 vehicle specialist.

Wilkin Chapman Business Solutions and its South Yorkshire-based insolvency practitioner and director Ian Rose, with colleague Karen Potts, supported the successful acquisition of Bowler.

The administration and sale of the businesses and assets of three Bowler companies to Jaguar Land Rover was completed on 17 December.

To assist, Rose called on partners and legal specialists within his sister team at Wilkin Chapman solicitors.

Wilkin Chapman’s business solutions arm was formed following the acquisition of Doncaster-based Silke & Co last year.

Rose, who was a leading member of the Silke team prior to its acquisition by Wilkin Chapman, said: “Of course I am delighted for the team at Bowler that we were able to assist to achieve this successful outcome, which has saved both the business and the jobs that go with it.”