Eversheds in eastwards move

THE LEEDS office of national law firm Eversheds has taken its business into Eastern Europe by overseeing the purchase of the Belarus Embassy in London.

John Foster, head of the commercial property team which acted for the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Belarus, said that the project was part of a general move into Eastern Europe for Eversheds.

He said the firm had commercial property partner Mark Harrison to thank for the eastward move. “He has a string of connections from which to develop business,” said Foster.

“We are especially looking to make use of opportunities in Yugoslavia now that the sanctions have been lifted.”

Foster said that the recent dealings with Belraus were complex: “The Ministry are very much beginners to concepts such as freehold property and there were problems with local resistance to planning.”