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Private equity-backed Knights Solicitors has appointed a team of six town planners to the firm’s real estate team.
The team join from Staffordshire-based planning firm, John Rose Associates, and is led by Carl Copestake.
Managing partner of Knights David Beech said: “The new planning team means we now offer a full range of services across real estate and we plan to repeat this kind of offering through our business in the future as a key limb of our growth strategy.”
The firm attracted a cash injection from high-profile entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den investor James Caan’s private equity house, Hamilton Bradshaw (HB), last year. It planned to use the money to grow the business into a top-100 UK practice by 2015 (12 June 2012).
It is the first non-lawyer hires the firm has made since the ABS conversion in January (19 December 2012
“There is often a disconnect between the planning process and the legal process underpinning it” said Copestake, whose team will do non-law work such as submitting planning applications and appeals, advising on development appraisals and local development frameworks and dealing with enforcement issues.
“We plan to bridge this gap by having one team of highly experienced lawyers and town planners operating under one roof, delivering a more streamlined and cost effective service to our clients in the process” he explained.
It is possible that Shakespeares could offer a similar combined service if its merger with Marrons goes live in September as anticipated (31 May 2013).
Marrons has a team of eight qualified town planners working alongside 12 planning lawyers led by principles John Edmond and Morag Thomson.