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Clarion welcomes another five new starters

Clarion is continuing to grow with another five people joining the Leeds law firm in recent months.

The latest recruits to join the Clarion team include associates Kate Fernyhough, Sarfraz Iqbal, Helen Spalding and Nicky Beynon; and debt recovery executive Shelian Craig.

After four years working both in-house and for a law firm, Kate joins Clarion’s Real Estate Team where she will focus on real estate finance. She has experience of advising on a wide range of property matters, predominantly with a landlord and tenant focus, but also on general development matters.

Sarfraz will also boost Clarion’s Commercial Real Estate Team. With five years’ experience at an international law firm, he has a track record of advising a variety of large commercial clients including national high street banks, airlines and public bodies, connected with the management of their real estate portfolios and advising on all aspects of landlord and tenant matters.

The Costs and Litigation Funding Team is continuing to expand with the recruitment of Helen Spalding. As well as having spent ten years as a costs draftsman prior to starting her training contract, Helen has worked in law for the last four years and is skilled in drafting bills, points of dispute, replies, costs budgets, and budget discussion reports.

She is experienced in acting for both paying and receiving parties on a wide range of matters including high value complex claims and group litigation and is a highly proficient negotiator.

Nicky moves to Clarion in a non-legal role as a banking finance associate having gained 15 years’ real estate experience at another Yorkshire law firm, working both as a conveyancer and as a commercial property paralegal.

Finally, Sheilan joins as a debt recovery executive after 23 years with another law firm where she held various roles including debt recovery assistant. She is qualified as a specialist paralegal in debt recovery and has experience in commercial debt recovery, assisting clients in a number of sectors ranging from manufacturers, to electrical suppliers, commercial rent arrears and working on behalf of debt collection agencies.

“Despite the current challenges, Clarion is continuing to look to the future and bring on board new talent in order to ensure that clients receive the expertise and high levels of service they have come to expect,” said Roger Hutton, joint managing partner. “A very warm welcome to all of our new joiners.”

In February, Clarion achieved a three-star accreditation as one of the 2020 ‘Best Companies to Work For’ in recognition of the “outstanding levels of engagement” of its 230-strong workforce. It was also ranked No. 8 in the prestigious Sunday Times list, making it the highest ranked law firm in the UK and the highest ranking of any company in Yorkshire.

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