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Senior appointment for Barber Titley’s property team

A senior property lawyer has joined Barber Titleys Solicitors in a major new senior appointment for the firm.

He is Russell Burnett, a former associate in the Leeds office of international law firm, Eversheds, who has joined Barber Titleys as a partner it its property department.

He has more than 10 years experience advising clients, ranging from individuals to large institutions. His work has included strategic advice to a national house builder, advising the commercial lettings at a prestigious mixed-use scheme, advising on agricultural property law, option and pre-emption agreements, PFI projects, bank finance and landlord and tenant management issues.

Before becoming a lawyer, Russell Burnett worked in commercial management, with a blue-chip high street retailer, where his experience of dealing with solicitors made him appreciate how lawyers can make clients dealings with the law easier.

He joins head of property, Richard Davis, as a partner in the property department and will work closely with head of planning, Tim Axe.

Russell Burnett said: Barber Titleys property department has developed an excellent reputation under Richard Davis’ leadership. Being able to work alongside Tim Axe allows us to provide a joined-up approach for developer clients. Everything about the firm is focused on delivering a high-level of service to clients and I look forward to being part of this.

Crucially, confidence is gradually coming back to the property sector and the focus has started to shift from London to the regions, which is creating greater market confidence. Yorkshire is increasingly attractive to investors and, hopefully, this interest will be buoyed by the county’s hosting of the Tour de France Grand Depart this year.

Richard Davis  also joined the practice from Eversheds 12 years ago.

Richard Davis said: Not all lawyers from national firms can naturally, and automatically, walk into a middle sized firm and properly deal with the nitty-gritty challenges of developing good professional relationships with clients and giving them individual high-quality advice geared to their needs. Russell’s experience and technical ability allows him to make this transition. We are confident that he will remain a major asset to the firm for years to come.

Barber Titleys, which can trace its roots back to 1880, has 30 staff with specialist strengths in planning, commercial, residential and agricultural property, family law, private and charitable trust services and all matters relating to wills and inheritance planning.

Main Photograph: newly-appointed partner in the property department at Harrogate solicitors, Barber Titleys, Russell Burnett.

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