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Steele Raymond enhances Residential Development practice with esteemed partner Paul Hinett


Steele Raymond LLP’s Residential Development Team has further expanded with the appointment of highly experienced commercial property and residential development solicitor Paul Hinett.

A titan in his field, Paul brings a decade’s worth of wisdom and expertise from his tenure at national law firm Clarke Wilmott, and previous experiences at other prestigious regional firms such as Shoosmiths and Paris Smith.

His impressive roster of accomplishments includes successfully managing ground rent investments exceeding £50 million for various investment funds over several years. Paul has also adeptly guided clients through the intricacies of avoiding leaseholder pre-emption rights under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.

Known for his mastery in the complex area of ground rent investment, Paul has built a loyal client following over the years. Paul has previously acted for top national developers and landowners including Bellway Homes and David Wilson Homes, as well as national banks such as the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Paul’s experience in general commercial property matters is substantial. He is adept at overseeing the acquisition and disposal of commercial investment property and managing commercial landlord and tenant relations including lease drafting, negotiation and management, and secured lending.

Paul is ranked as one of the leading lawyers in the South East region for commercial property by the leading independent legal research publication, The Legal 500. They specifically mention his unrivalled knowledge of ground rent investment law for clients.

Paul’s arrival at Steele Raymond is a testament to the firm’s unwavering commitment to enhancing its specialist residential development offering. This exciting announcement follows the recent appointment of another industry stalwart, Emma Pope, also from Paris Smith.

Emma Stainwright, Partner and Head of Steele Raymond’s Residential Development Team welcomed Paul to the firm by saying:

“We are thrilled to have Paul join our team. Our unwavering commitment to providing excellent residential development advice is central to our ethos at Steele Raymond. We continue to grow as a team and deliver on hugely complex developments across the South, London and nationally. With Paul’s experience and expertise, we are poised to add another facet to the top-tier legal counsel we provide to our clients.”

Speaking on his appointment, Paul said:

“Having closely observed and admired Steele Raymond’s remarkable growth over the years, I am thrilled to be part of a firm that holds client support paramount. Conversations with Emma [Stainwright] reinforced my belief that the firm’s ambitions align seamlessly with mine.

Seeing industry veterans like Emma [Pope] join the firm and having worked with Patrick Dolan previously, I am convinced that Steele Raymond is a brilliant place for my expertise to thrive. The firm’s structure is impressive, showcasing a wealth of legal expertise and a robust depth in knowledge.

I aim to strengthen our ties with our existing clients and broaden our client base regionally and nationally.”

If you would like to speak with our residential development solicitors in Bournemouth, please contact Emma Stainwright on 01202 294 566 or email [email protected].

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