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L-R: Martin Grange and Simon Mydlowski of Clarion’s real estate team.
Jane Imrie

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Simon Mydlowski, Clarion

Law firm Clarion has appointed Simon Mydlowski as partner.

Having gained knowledge of the property market in the North after 20 years in the sector, property lawyer Simon has advised on residential and industrial developments, commercial leases and property finance, acting for landowners, promoters, developers, housebuilders and occupiers.

Simon has experience in a range of property work, mostly commercial landlord and tenant orientated. He deals with investment property acquisitions and disposals, lettings and other portfolio management work.

Simon’s areas of specialism include secured lending in the licensed trade sector, acting for owners of bars, restaurants, hotels and breweries.

Simon spent 16 years as a partner with another Leeds-based law firm where he worked on a number of high-profile projects including residential developments, business parks, retail and mixed commercial developments.

Partner Martin Grange, who leads Clarion’s real estate practice, commented: “With his wealth of experience in the Yorkshire market, Simon has established a network of high quality clients among owner managed businesses here, and has a strong reputation for his funding work.

“In his new role with us, he will focus on commercial and residential developer work which we see as a big growth area with increasing numbers of developers choosing to work with regional firms like Clarion that have a more relationship-based approach.

“We very much see our role as providing holistic, long-term support rather than simply undertaking a legal transaction, and this fits perfectly with Simon’s ethos.”

Simon added: “I have long admired Clarion from afar and know many of the partners very well. Having seen how they interact with clients, I believe they have a genuine culture of sitting down with businesses and really working to identify how they can help them.

“In such a fast-moving market, developers need legal advisers they know and trust to act quickly and precisely to ensure deals are on time and well-delivered.

“As the demand for land continues, they want good people on their side to be part of their business and give honest advice. Clarion is in a strong position to take advantage of this and I am really excited to be joining one of the leading practices in the region.”

Keith Jones, Harrison Bathrooms

Bathroom product supplier Harrison Bathrooms has appointed Keith Jones as non-executive director.

Keith joins the business following a professional career with plumbing and heating specialist merchant Wolseley.

Starting his career with Wolseley UK as its first management trainee, Keith progressed through the business working across every department in branch and HQ and spent time within sales, branch and supply chain management, before being appointed as HR director.

In 1998 Keith was appointed managing director for Wolseley UK’s Lightside businesses and in 2004, he moved to Switzerland to run Wolseley’s central and Eastern European businesses.

In 2009, Keith moved back to the UK to head up the UK P&H business. Keith retired from Wolseley in August 2016 and in March 2017 co-founded BOXT, an online platform that enables consumers to purchase a next day, fixed-price fitted boiler replacement.

Keith has been associated with several trade bodies, having previously chaired The ACE (The Association for the Conservation of Energy), the Builders Merchants P&H Forum, and the Heating and Hot Water Councils Merchants Group.

Keith commented: “I’m delighted to join the Harrison Bathrooms team. It’s a really modern and enthusiastic business with great potential to build on its existing success – I’m really looking forward to this new partnership.”

Shaun Corcoran, commercial director at Harrison Bathrooms, added: “We’re thrilled to have Keith join the board. What he has achieved in his career has been exceptional and we’re really excited to have him join the Harrison Bathrooms team!”

David Gibson, Hull Trains

Hull Trains has appointed David Gibson as managing director.

After leaving the Royal Air Force in 2003, David joined Hull City Council as assistant chief executive.

David later moved to Capita’s Consulting and Transformation division, as a director in the Programme & Project Management Practice, delivering solutions for several clients the UK & Ireland.

David’s most recent roles include managing director for DB Regio Tyne & Wear and service delivery director for Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries.

Andy Mellors, First Rail managing director - non-franchised businesses, commented: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of David Gibson as managing director of Hull Trains.

“David, who lives in the East Riding of Yorkshire, is passionate about the region, and is excited by the opportunity to lead Hull Trains to regain its position as leading operator for rail passenger satisfaction.”

Eve King, Rinew Legal

Legal firm Rinew Legal has appointed lawyer Eve King to its team.

Eve King brings over five years’ experience in all forms of dispute resolution firm. With clients ranging from marketing agencies to national tech companies, Eve has a background in industries like media, creative, construction and tech. Eve has experience in defence work in high-profile, complex discrimination claims to advising on high value Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations and negotiating exit terms.

Eve commented: “I am excited to work with such an experienced, specialist and dynamic team. Our skills and specialisms compliment wonderfully, and I am looking forward to doing exciting work together!”

Richard Newstead, Rinew’s managing director, commented: “I am delighted to be able to welcome Eve to Rinew Legal.

“We continue to grow due to the outstanding work we do for our clients and Eve adds even more quality to an already outstanding team.”

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