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Walker Morris bolsters leading Real Estate Group with major lateral hire

Leading law firm, Walker Morris, has appointed George Bacon as Partner to its specialist Real Estate Group. This latest in a string of lateral hires boosts the firm’s leading Real Estate team, now comprising of nearly 40 lawyers, 10 of which are Partners.

George joins from Eversheds Sutherland, where he was Head of Leeds Real Estate. Ranked in both Chambers and Legal 500 as a “leading individual”, George brings with him over 20 years’ experience in acting for clients comprising national retailers, developers, and property investors.

George’s recent work includes forward funding deals for the development of significant distribution sites; acquisition and development of sites across a wide range of asset classes; and advising on the letting of a newly developed retail and leisure scheme.

Walker Morris’s Real Estate Group is one of the leading teams in the country, with an enviable reputation for delivering focused and cost-effective legal advice nationally. The team’s knowledge of real estate law, obtained through decades of business cycles, combined with its day-to-day involvement with the market, enables it to identify important issues and provide sophisticated advice of the highest quality.

The Group represents all of the various parties involved in real estate transactions including sellers, buyers, developers, investors, partners, lenders, borrowers, landlords and tenants; with clients ranking among the top players in the industry.

Commenting on George Bacon’s appointment, Jeremy Moore, Head of Real Estate said:

“As a firm we are making a significant investment in talent acquisition to grow our business and practice expertise, to further reinforce our position as the pre-eminent firm outside of London.

“We are so pleased to welcome our new Partner, George, to the Real Estate team, bringing with him over two decades of experience in the sector and further boosting the Group’s specialist knowledge and expertise.”

This latest announcement follows a raft of additional senior appointments and promotions across the firm in the last six months, including the landmark 21 internal promotions announced in May, which saw the appointment of four new Partners, five Directors and an additional 12 Senior Associates.

On joining the firm, George said:

“I’m thrilled to be joining Walker Morris as part of its distinguished Real Estate Group. As a unique one-site firm located in Leeds, Walker Morris’ entrepreneurial philosophy, excellent reputation and breadth of expertise give it a distinctive edge and I am looking forward to being a part of one of the strongest specialist Real Estate teams in the country.”

Walker Morris has followed a strategy of investing in the full spectrum of commercial legal expertise including specialist practice areas such as competition law, financial services and consumer finance which, typically, are reserved for City firms. While Walker Morris works with a number of Yorkshire clients, it also works with national and international clients, with a fifth of its clients headquartered overseas.

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