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Key appointment highlights Higgs’ ambitious plans

 

Article date:  11/02/2016

Midlands based law firm Higgs & Sons has significantly enhanced its service portfolio after recruiting Dinah Patel, a solicitor specialising in planning and highways.

The appointment enables Higgs to offer a dedicated planning and highways service as part of its top commercial property offering.

Dinah, who joins Higgs from the Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co Birmingham office, is an expert in planning, highways and compulsory purchase matters.

Her experience covers all aspects of commercial and residential development schemes, having acted for developers, landowners and the public sector during her extensive career.

"This is a significant appointment for Higgs & Sons," said head of the Commercial Property department, Peter Coleman.

"We are one of the foremost property teams in the Midlands and, with Dinah joining us, we can provide specialist support to clients as they negotiate the complexities of the planning process."

Dinah began her career within the planning department of Birmingham council, gaining a valuable insight into the workings of one of the UK's largest local authorities.

She said: "Eight years working for a large national law firm gave me significant experience of major projects. I am now looking forward to helping Higgs & Sons develop a specialist planning service for clients across the region and nationally."

Dinah has a thorough knowledge of promoting and implementing major development projects across the housing, industrial and office and mixed use sectors. A skilled negotiator, she also has an excellent track record in contentious matters, both at inquiry and in the courts.

Peter Coleman added: "The commercial property sector has been particularly buoyant in this region over the past eighteen months and our team has been involved in several of the deals that have fuelled this growth. Planning and highways is of course key to any commercial development and the appointment of Dinah will enable us to provide clients with a fully comprehensive service.

"The expertise and experience she brings will add real value as we continue to develop our service offering to clients throughout the region and beyond."   

Higgs & Sons is based in the heart of the Black Country at the Waterfront Business Park in Brierley Hill. The growing team boasts more than 100 specialist lawyers available to support clients in a comprehensive range of business and private sectors.

For more information about Higgs & Sons' commercial property planning services, contact 0345 111 5050.

Picture caption (L-R): Peter Coleman & Dinah Patel

Peter & Dinah

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