Property services company London & European has hired Southern Pacific Mortgage’s (SPML) head of legal and compliance Gemma Sampson to head its legal team. London & European chief executive officer Chris Taylor said: “We haven’t had a head of legal and compliance for two years and it was time to bring someone in at a higher level. We’re very excited by the specialised skills [Sampson] will bring.” Sampson joins London & European’s three-lawyer team on 25 September.