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Clarion expands property team with appointment of new legal director

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Clarion expands property team with appointment of new legal director

Sophie Morley has joined Clarion’s growing property team as a legal director.

Having worked in property litigation for more than 15 years, Sophie has extensive experience in all areas of real estate litigation. She trained and qualified at Hammonds (now Squire Patton Boggs), developing a landlord and tenant specialism, before moving to DWF in 2008 where she developed a strong retail focus. In addition, Sophie has worked alongside developers advising on site acquisition and post completion issues as well as owners of residential properties. Sophie joins from Schofield Sweeney Solicitors in Leeds where she spent almost 18 months as a director in the property litigation department.

Sophie’s expertise includes advising on commercial landlord and tenant disputes, lease renewals, rent reviews, break clauses, dilapidations and applications for consent. She has also acted on various disputes relating to Option Agreements as well as easement and restrictive covenant issues. Sophie has acted in multi-party litigation and professional negligence matters through court proceedings, mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Martin Grange, partner and head of Clarion’s property practice, comments: “With her impressive track record working with clients of all sizes and advising on complex property matters, Sophie will be a real asset to the team. Her focus on achieving the client’s aims in a straightforward and cost effective manner is a great fit with our own approach of providing clients with the technical expertise they need while also understanding and implementing their commercial objectives.”

Sophie comments: “It’s a really exciting time to be working in the property market as momentum continues to grow and I’m fortunate to be joining such an experienced and well-respected team. I’m really looking forward to working alongside the three partners in Clarion’s property practice as we continue to support clients across their real estate legal needs.”

Clarion’s 12-strong property team led by partners Martin Grange, Lindsay Texel and Ben Lamb, provides a full range of property expertise from development, investment including real estate finance, asset management and corporate occupier work in all sectors.