Bevan Brittan appoints two new housing partners


Duncan Weir, Managing Partner

Duncan Weir

Managing Partner

Law firm Bevan Brittan has appointed two new partners to its growing Housing practice.  Neil Brand and John Cox have both joined the firm from Clarke Willmott where they were partner and senior associate respectively.  Neil Brand is based in Bevan Brittan’s London office and John Cox in Leeds.

Neil and John have a focus on housing management – assisting housing associations, private housing companies and local authorities with the management of their stock – and their appointments to Bevan Brittan means that the firm now has housing management partners in its offices in Leeds, London and Bristol.

Neil Brand is a long-established housing specialist.  He was at Clarke Willmott for three years, prior to which he worked at Devonshires Solicitors.  He specialises in leasehold matters and commonly works with social housing landlords, arm’s length management organisations, Registered Providers, and others.

John Cox has specialised in housing for most of his career.  He was at Clarke Willmott for nearly three years, prior to which he worked at Walker Morris.  He also worked in local government for ten years.  Areas of specialism include contentious housing matters, advising landlords on such issues as breach of covenants, nuisance, possession and subletting.

Commenting on joining Bevan Brittan, Neil Brand said: “Bevan Brittan has an exciting vision for its Housing practice and has bolstered its team with highly experienced specialists who together can bring something new and offer bespoke and flexible solutions for clients.  I am greatly looking forward to my time here.”

John Cox said: “I am delighted to have joined Bevan Brittan, which is a forward-thinking and progressive firm with a long-established presence in public sector and private markets.  We want to help providers and landlords manage their portfolios successfully and get the best out of what they have.”

Bevan Brittan’s Head of Housing, Jonathan Turner added: “We are very pleased to have brought Neil and John on board.  Giving us a ‘triangle’ of housing management partners, their arrival has boosted our housing management offering and given it national coverage.  Along with their colleagues in the wider Housing practice, we are focused on growing a long-term sustainable team with increased capacity to help us service a growing client list.”

Duncan Weir, Managing Partner at Bevan Brittan, commented:  “Housing is a key area of Bevan Brittan’s practice and with so many issues facing the sector, we are very focused on helping our clients negotiate all the uncertainties and achieve their strategic aims.  I am delighted to welcome Neil and John to the firm after a successful year in which we have seen revenues continue to grow.”

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