Following an increase in new instructions, Howes Percival has expanded its Norwich-based commercial property team with the addition of three specialist commercial property lawyers.
Christopher Cubitt has joined the leading regional law firm from Hatch Brenner LLP as a partner, Afreen Mhar and Will Bond have joined as solicitors.
The commercial property sector is a core market for Howes Percival, which has a national reputation for the quality of its work. The firm acts for many of the biggest household names in real estate, including some of the country’s largest housebuilders, commercial developers and construction firms.
The expansion of the Norwich-based team follows an increase in new instructions from developers, landowners and the private rented sector.
Christopher Cubitt, Partner
Christopher has considerable experience in property development; commercial property investment; commercial property finance; land acquisition and disposal; the acquisition and disposal of business premises; and, commercial lettings. Christopher was previously a partner and head of property at Hatch Brenner LLP.
Afreen Mhar, Solicitor
Afreen acts for developers, commercial property lenders, property investors and landowners. She has experience in residential conveyancing, dealing with matters such as freehold, leasehold, re-mortgages and right to buys. Afreen joins Howes Percival from Lambert Pugh LLP.
Will Bond, Solicitor
Will Bond acts for developers, landowners, investors, landlords and tenants in commercial property and development matters. He joins Howes Percival from Clapham & Collinge LLP.
Commenting on the appointments, Tessa Haskey Howes Percival’s chairman and partner responsible for property, said:
“I’m delighted to welcome Chris, Afreen and Will to Howes Percival. Our commercial property team is one of the largest and most skilled teams of property legal specialists in the Eastern Region and these appointments are further evidence our commitment to the sector.
“Despite the uncertainty caused by Brexit, locally there appears to be a lot of confidence in the property market. Equally, there may also be an element of people getting their houses in order in case of a slow-down. We often have a busy period from January to April, and this year it has been busier than most. The team have dealt with a considerable amount of acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant work, and a slew of planning advice, which then feeds into development work.”
Howes Percival’s commercial property, construction and development team advises landowners and developers. Providing a comprehensive legal advice offering across the full spectrum of requirement, from site acquisition and strategic planning to development finance, tax advice, construction disputes and plot sales.
Howes Percival received top tier rankings for Commercial Property in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 – the authoritative guide to the UK’s leading law firms.
For more information on Howes Percival’s commercial property team and specialist services for the development sector, click here.