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01 October 2021 Firm updates

Leading Yorkshire Law Firm Ware & Kay Solicitors (with offices in York, Wetherby and Malton) has announced a new key appointment.  David Hyams will assume the role of Managing Director from 1st October to drive the firm forward and deliver its growth strategy. Ware & Kay, a full service law firm continues to go from strength to strength, providing a high quality and personal service to clients.  David, who has been a Director and Head of Commercial Property since 2003, will now head up the firm as part of the strategic plan for the future. Having considerable operational experience, David will be bringing a wealth of managerial insight to the role and will work closely with his colleagues across the firm’s other offices. This appointment will help take the firm to the next stage of its development…
03 September 2021 Firm updates

Expanding law firm Ware & Kay Solicitors (with offices in York, Wetherby & Malton) is delighted to announce the appointment of well-known leading Corporate and Commercial Solicitor, David Silver to join the Corporate and Commercial Services Team. David brings with him a wealth of experience in corporate and commercial law both in the UK and overseas.  David is widely recognised for his experience in handling complex cases and providing advice in all aspects of company and business sales together with mergers and acquisitions. David will give advice regarding shareholder agreements, joint ventures, partnerships, corporate finance and general company law.  David has particular experience in advising firms on company formation & compliance and writing commercial contracts, both domestic and cross-border, international franchise agreements and terms of trade across a wide range of business sectors. Originally from Liverpool…
05 August 2021 Firm updates

Expanding Yorkshire law firm Pearsons & Ward Solicitors (with offices in York, Wetherby & Malton) is delighted to announce the appointment of Julie Bradwell, an experienced Litigation Solicitor to its growing Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. Her appointment is a further addition to the firm’s expertise in this sector. Julie brings with her a wealth of experience in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution. She is widely recognised for her experience in handling complex cases particularly for clients who are contesting Wills and bringing inheritance claims. Julie will also provide a range of advice to clients who are disputing the termination of commercial and residential leases, property contract disputes, boundary and property nuisance disputes and professional negligence Originally from Newcastle, Julie arrives at Pearsons & Ward with over 31 years’ experience in litigation and dispute…
15 April 2021 Firm updates

David Hyams is director of commercial property at Ware & Kay Solicitors, based in the York office. What are the prospects for the property sector in Yorkshire and Humber? In the mid to long term, I am positive about the prospects for the property sector as the region has so much to offer.  We are obviously facing challenging times at the moment, particularly in the hospitality sector, but once we have got through to the other side, I am confident that there will be a release of pent-up demand and we shall soon be back on our feet again. What is the best project you have been involved in? In recent times it was acting for a landlord on the grant of a lease of 15,000 sq ft office unit to a large regional accountancy practice.  It was a…
14 April 2021 Firm updates

Pearsons & Ward Solicitors is delighted to announce the appointment of Solicitor Tracie Middleton to its growing Residential Property Team in Malton. Tracie is the latest appointment for Pearsons & Ward, part of Ware & Kay Solicitors Ltd which serves clients across Ryedale, North and East Yorkshire. In her new role Tracie will provide comprehensive advice to clients on all types of residential property transactions, including buying and selling freehold properties for registered and unregistered land.  She also has experience of purchasing buy-to-lets, landlord and tenant work, mortgage transactions and property registrations. Originally from Cheshire Tracie moved to Yorkshire in 2001 and arrives at Pearsons & Ward with experience in Residential Property Law. She completed the legal practice course at the University of Law in Leeds with a Masters in 2017 and started her…
13 April 2021 Firm updates

Andrew Little, Commercial Property Solicitor at Pearsons & Ward in Malton features in the Yorkshire Post (Property People). What are the prospects for the property sector in Yorkshire and Humber? Transactions involving light industrial units continue to go from strength to strength. Difficulties remain for those who own or let high street premises, but there are signs of this sector improving and the recent rollout of the government’s new Use Classes should allow more freedom for high street premises to adapt to changing consumer habits, without requirement planning permission. What is the best project you have been involved in? I acted on the granting of approximately 200 mineral leases to the owners of the York Potash Mine, based near my hometown of Whitby. The mine has recently received the funding necessary to become a major long-term employer…
25 February 2021 Firm updates

What are the prospects for the property sector in Yorkshire and Humber? With the phasing out of Direct Payments by the Government and the phased introduction of a new system that rewards farmers for improvement of the environment, landscapes across the country are set to be enhanced through agricultural policy. The farming industry will be changing the way it farms and it is vital that farmers have time to adapt to the new land management requirements. What is the best project you have been involved in? Ware & Kay have a large and diverse client base and so I have been involved in many interesting projects from complex restructuring of farming businesses to the sale and purchase of large landholdings. No two property transactions are the same and each comes with its own quirks which keeps…
02 February 2021 Firm updates

What are the prospects for the property sector in Yorkshire and Humber? There will inevitably be some readjustment in the property sector post Covid as individuals and businesses make permanent changes to the way they live and work. As the property sector adapts to these changes, I am optimistic that our region is ideally placed to take advantage of new opportunities that will emerge such as the growth in online shopping and the demand in the logistics sector. What is the best project you have been involved in? As a property litigator my projects tend to be based on things going wrong for other people, I think ‘best project’ might be a misdescription! I have been involved in some fascinating cases; one of the most rewarding was a dispute over the design of a landmark sustainable…
01 February 2021 Firm updates

Johanne Spittle is the Head of Dispute Resolution. She graduated in law from the University of Sheffield in 1983 and became a solicitor in 1986. She has lived in North Yorkshire since 1990 joining the firm in 2019. What job would you like to have other than your own? I am fascinated by the property related disputes that I deal with, particularly having to piece together what happened to land hundreds of years ago; it is a bit like having to solve a historical whodunit and so maybe in another life I would be a historical detective or a crime writer!   Greatest achievement? Combining being a partner in a law firm with three children and retaining a sense of humour was definitely an achievement. But most recently it was sitting and passing an exam in…
12 January 2021 Firm updates

Pearsons & Ward Solicitors are delighted to announce the appointment of experienced Paralegal Rachel Newsome to their Family Department. Rachel is the latest appointment for Pearsons & Ward, now part of Ware & Kay Solicitors Ltd which also has offices in York & Wetherby.  Rachel will be based at the Malton office and serve clients across Ryedale and East Yorkshire. Rachel started her career in the legal profession in 1996 in West Yorkshire moving to Ryedale in 2009 before commencing work at Pearsons & Ward as a Paralegal in 2012, having completed the Central Law Training Specialist Paralegal Qualification in Family Law.  She then left in 2016 to gain experience with another local firm before starting a family and is now returning to work.  She advises and has in-depth experience of the Divorce process, in relation…
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