New equity partner for Lodders’ Real Estate

(Left to right) Commercial and residential property and land development specialist, Mark Miller, has joined Lodders as equity partner in the Real Estate team, headed by Paul Mourton.

Commercial and residential property and land development specialist, Mark Miller, has joined Midlands law firm Lodders as an equity partner in the firm’s expanding Real Estate team.

Formerly a partner and head of the Real Estate Development team at Warwickshire firm Wright Hassall, Mark has an exceptional range and level of experience and skills acting for landowners, developers, investors and end users including large national and multinational organisations.

“Mark has an impressive pedigree and scope of experience from his work on numerous complex and substantial commercial and residential property development matters,” says Paul Mourton, head of Lodders’ Real Estate team, which was awarded the highest Tier 1 ranking in the latest, 2016 edition of The Legal 500.

“He has particular experience of negotiating large-scale strategic land development matters and is widely recognised and respected for this expertise.

“These skills and experience represent not only a senior-level addition to Lodders’ Real Estate team and firm as a whole, but they also perfectly complement our existing work with many of the UK’s largest and most active house-builders, as well as our specialist teams working with landowners and their land agents operating in the agricultural and wider real estate sectors.”

In recent years, Mark has advised on numerous high profile large development transactions across the Midlands area and further afield, from major new settlements and mixed use schemes through to residential led schemes in rural, village-based locations. He has also undertaken significant commercial development work relating to head quarter office premises, educational facilities, manufacturing plant and sports stadia.

Commenting on joining Lodders as an equity partner, Mark Miller said: “The opportunity to join a firm with such an enviable client base and reputation is rare. This, together with the broad nature of work undertaken by the firm and the huge potential to develop my career further, was really very attractive.

“I am looking forward to consolidating my sector specific experience, with my general commercial and residential development knowledge and otherwise to undertaking a broad and rounded role at Lodders,” he said, “and as a member of an established, successful, growing and busy team.

“Lodders is well-known for its exceptional work for national property developers, land agents, landowners, housebuilders, Owner Managed Businesses and High Net Worth private clients,” Mark added. “Not only is Lodders a dynamic firm with a talented team, it has a tangible vision for its future sustainability and succession, alongside a commitment to nurturing and growing new, fresh talent, something that is evident from the recent younger members who have joined the equity partnership team.”

Before joining Wright Hassall in 2004, Mark was a Senior Associate in the Commercial Property team of Birmingham firm The Wilkes Partnership, where he specialised in commercial property work, prior to which he was an Assistant Solicitor at Pinsent Masons in Birmingham and was involved in major projects.

Alongside carving a niche for his strategic land work, Mark has also developed expertise in the renewable energy markets, notably onshore wind turbine and large scale ground mounted Solar PV Schemes.

Celebrating its 230th anniversary this year, Lodders has 25 partners, a portfolio of sector and market specific legal teams, over 130 fee earners and support staff across its office network, and has recorded year-on-year growth in recent years.