Property services company Peverel Group’s top in-house lawyer Richard Bagley is to retire next month after six years as group solicitor. Barrister David Edwards will replace him. Edwards joins Peverel from hotel operator De Vere Group, where he was chief legal adviser and company secretary. Group solicitor Bagley oversaw the growth of the property management and investment business to include more than 130,000 units in 2,500 developments under management. Bagley was also heavily involved in the Government’s working group on reforming the commonhold and leasehold systems.