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Property specialist becomes sixth partner in Clarion’s growing real estate team

Picture shows (L to R): Martin Grange and Simon Mydlowski of Clarion’s real estate team

Leeds law firm Clarion is continuing to strengthen its 38-strong real estate practice with the appointment of the sixth partner in the team, experienced property lawyer Simon Mydlowski.

Having gained an in-depth knowledge of the property market in the North after 20 years in the sector, Simon has advised on residential and industrial developments, commercial leases and property finance, acting for landowners, promoters, developers, housebuilders and occupiers.

Simon has experience in a wide range of property work, mostly commercial landlord and tenant orientated. He deals with investment property acquisitions and disposals, lettings and other portfolio management work. Simon’s areas of specialism include secured lending in the licensed trade sector, acting for owners of bars, restaurants, hotels and breweries.

Simon spent 16 years as a partner with another leading Leeds-based law firm where he worked on a number of high-profile projects including major residential developments, business parks, retail and mixed commercial developments.

Partner Martin Grange who leads Clarion’s real estate practice, comments: “With his wealth of experience in the Yorkshire market, Simon has established a network of high quality clients among owner managed businesses here, and has a strong reputation for his funding work. In his new role with us, he will focus on commercial and residential developer work which we see as a big growth area with increasing numbers of developers choosing to work with regional firms like Clarion that have a more relationship-based approach. We very much see our role as providing holistic, long-term support rather than simply undertaking a legal transaction, and this fits perfectly with Simon’s ethos.

“Having seen our real estate team double over the last two years, and with the property sector remaining buoyant, Simon adds further senior resource and will play a key role in our continued growth as we recruit more talent to the team.”

Simon adds: “I have long admired Clarion from afar and know many of the partners very well. Having seen how they interact with clients, I believe they have a genuine culture of sitting down with businesses and really working to identify how they can help them.

“In such a fast-moving market, developers need legal advisers they know and trust to act quickly and precisely to ensure deals are on time and well-delivered. As the demand for land continues, they want good people on their side to be part of their business and give honest advice. Clarion is in a strong position to take advantage of this and I am really excited to be joining one of the leading practices in the region.”

Clarion’s 38-strong property team provides a full range of property expertise from development, investment, asset management, corporate occupier work through to retail, leisure and secured lending.

The team now comprises six partners; three legal directors; four senior associates; 16 associates; six paralegals; and three trainees.