Lander heads Nabarros' property unit

CITY firm Nabarro Nathanson has a new head of its property department.

Geoffrey Lander, now completing his 22nd year at the practice, takes over from David Bramson, who becomes the firm's senior partner in May 1995.

Lander says the 112-strong property department, which has the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, J P Morgan and the Chemical Bank among its clients, is recruiting at all levels.

“We act for the strong end of the commercial property world and we always need good lawyers,” he says.

“We have weathered the recession better than other firms so it is difficult for us to comment on any pick-up.

“I have, however, noticed an increase in effective rents through reduced inducements, and a greater willingness for landlords to take tenants to court on lease renewals.”

Lander would like to see the procedure for commercial property transactions simplified, so that costs can be reduced and the time between acquisition and disposal can be shortened.

Lander began his articles at Nabarro Nathanson in 1973, and was made up to partner in 1980.