Leading law firm expands construction department

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Leading corporate law firm, Shulmans LLP, is further building on its strong property reputation by developing its construction team with the appointment of two new solicitors.
The Shulmans construction team. L2R: Jayne Smiles, Tim Halstead, Phil Morrison, Hayley Hayes and Rebecca Dibb.

Leading corporate law firm, Shulmans LLP, is further building on its strong property reputation by developing its construction team with the appointment of two new solicitors.

Jayne Smiles, formerly of Gordons LLP, brings over 10 years’ experience in the construction industry. Smiles’ extensive knowledge of non-contentious matters includes work on complex construction projects in a variety of sectors including hotels, supermarkets, student accommodation, leisure and retail. Additional specialisms include advising on off-shore investment funds on construction related security.

Further strengthening the team is Hayley Hayes, formerly of Cohen Cramer Solicitors, who brings expertise in both contentious and non-contentious legal matters, advising on standard industry contracts relating to professional team appointments, building contracts and collateral warranties. Her experience includes running proceedings in both County Court and High Court cases, in addition to facilitating alternative dispute resolution.

Phil Morrison, Head of Construction, said:

The addition of Jayne and Hayley to such a highly respected firm marks the genuine establishment of a team that is a force to be reckoned with. It’s already looking like a very busy year for the UK construction industry, particularly with fast-paced developments in the Northern Powerhouse cities of Leeds and Manchester and as such, we fully expect our client list to grow further in the near future.

Tim Halstead, Shulmans’ managing partner, added:

We are delighted to welcome our new recruits. As a UK200 full service law firm we focus on giving our clients the highest standard of service and and construction is very much at the heart of that offering. Our strengthened team will give us a strong foundation from which to grow our already thriving construction portfolio.