Rachel joins the team from Aviva where she was Senior Counsel for 14 years. She has extensive experience in providing dispute resolution advice across a significant commercial real estate investment portfolio, covering tenant insolvency, dilapidations, forfeiture, opposed and unopposed lease renewals, contested break options, construction disputes and claims for breach of covenant.
She has also had significant experience of disputes relating to pensions, life policies, critical illness and income protection policies, equity release products, financial services claims and class actions. Rachel has advised on professional negligence matters and a variety of commercial/contractual disputes. She is very experienced in alternative dispute resolution and has been involved in many mediations including a number of complex multi-party mediations.
Damian Pitts joined the team from Pinney Talfourd as a litigation solicitor and is recommended in the Legal 500 as being “bright and thorough”. He has extensive experience in dealing with commercial disputes financial services litigation and insolvency matters.
He also specialises in property litigation. He is experienced in dealing with: opposed and unopposed business lease renewals; terminal dilapidations claims; and forfeiture of commercial leases. Damian also has a wealth of experience in lease extension and collective enfranchisement matters.
James Milk trained and qualified in a firm in Norfolk principally dealing with Company and Commercial matters. He then moved into an in-house counsel role focusing on Commercial and Compliance matters.
Oliver Brabbins, Head of the Business Law Team says: “I am delighted to be able to augment our already hugely capable team with three key recruits, each of whom brings a wealth of experience, including, in the case of Rachel and James, first hand knowledge of the demands faced by in-house lawyers, which will inform the way in which we support legal counsel in our major corporate clients”