A further three recruits have joined the expanding construction team within Clarion’s real estate practice, which has become one of the largest dedicated construction practices in Yorkshire.
Brandon Pizarro has joined the team as an associate having qualified last year at a leading firm in Gibraltar before relocating back to the UK and taking up a role as an associate in the real estate team of a firm in Manchester. He has experience of both commercial property and construction work, advising clients across a range of sectors including development and asset management in both the public and private sector.
With an MSC in Real Estate from Northumbria University and a Graduate Diploma in Law from University of Leeds, Alice Webster has become a paralegal within the construction practice having completed a post graduate diploma in Professional Legal Practice from University of Law, Leeds.
Finally, the team has welcomed Lauren Gannon who joins as a junior paralegal.
Established just five years ago and headed by partner Phil Morrison, the construction practice has grown to a nine-strong specialist practice after another three colleagues joined it last year.
Phil Morrison, partner and head of Clarion’s construction team, said: “Having joined Clarion in 2017 as its first dedicated construction lawyer, we have grown into an extremely busy practice. In particular, post-Grenfell, we have seen a marked increase in demand for our expertise around fire protection as organisations seek to enforce more rigorous safety measures. We also work closely with colleagues across the banking, commercial property and energy teams to complement their services.
“With the housebuilding, commercial property and renewable energy markets continuing to flourish, we expect to be even busier and it’s vital that we not only add to our capacity to look after clients, but also that we invest time in sharing our expertise and supporting new talent entering this specialist area of law. We are pleased to be welcoming Brandon, Alice and Lauren as they develop their careers with us.”
Brandon Pizarro comments: “I’m delighted to be joining Clarion as it offers a unique opportunity – the chance to be a part of a rapidly growing firm with an exciting variety of work on offer, but which maintains a real sense of community within the workplace. I’m looking forward to being able to develop my skills and knowledge within the construction team.”
Clarion’s 43-strong Real Estate team, which includes six partners, provides a full range of property expertise from development, investment, asset management, corporate occupier work through to retail, leisure and secured lending.