As part of Chadwick Lawrence’s continued growth and expansion plan, the firm has hired two senior Commercial Property lawyers in the Complete Property Solutions team. The new hires are Jonathan Moore, Partner and Katie Solano, Solicitor who will be based in Leeds and Halifax respectively. The two new hires bring with them a wealth of experience from other local firms that complement the existing skillset of the team, allowing them to fortify the offering from Chadwick Lawrence in Commercial Property.

Chadwick Lawrence is an award-winning law firm based in Yorkshire with a wide legal offering in both Business and Personal Services. Nestled within this portfolio, is Complete Property Solutions, a specialised branch, offering expert legal support on various property matters. From leases and litigations to transactions in the sale and purchase of properties, Complete Property Solutions is dedicated to providing top-notch assistance. Specifically tailored for businesses, the Commercial Property division excels in supporting corporations with their unique property-related needs.

The first new hire is Solicitor, Katie Solano who joins from Milners Solicitors in September. Previous roles have included Eaton Smith. After taking an employment break to have her two children, Katie rejoins the legal profession raring to go. Through mutual connections, she was put in touch with Managing Partner Neil Wilson who arranged for an interview with Chadwick Lawrence. Katie comments “The firm felt friendly, personable and forward-thinking. It is a challenge to find a firm that has a legacy like Chadwick Lawrence that only comes from years of history while having such a forward-facing outlook. It felt like an obvious career move for me.”

When asked about her ambitions within the firm, Katie says “At the moment my focus is in building my caseload with a high quality of work. I can see progression opportunities already to work my way up to Partner and I am excited to be back on my law progression journey after a few years off”.

More recently, the firm has hired new Partner Jonathan Moore. Jonathan joins the Commercial Property team with years of experience in top Yorkshire law firms including Eversheds Sutherland, Lupton Fawcett and Knights. Jonathan helped to build the York office for Knights plc, being office partner for nearly 3 years before setting up the Yorkshire office for Horwich Farrelly. He is thrilled by the opportunity to be in a client-facing role once again.

Having been at Chadwick Lawrence for a month, Jonathan says “Joining Chadwick Lawrence is fantastic. The culture is genuine, positive and supportive and my new colleagues are friendly, diligent and very professional. In the short time that I have been here, I have been able to win more, good quality work than ever before. Currently, I am working with developers and landowners as well as with a local authority in relation to an urban regeneration project. There is a wealth of opportunity for a firm of our size to continue to win more great work and this was a big pull for me joining. I am thrilled to be able to be on this journey”.

Outside of work Katie and Jonathan have varying hobbies. As a mother of two, Katie spends a lot of time with the family, enjoying their company and all that comes with it. When she isn’t with them, she’s unwinding with some weekend yoga - a new hobby that she can’t get enough of. Jonathan also enjoys staying active through sports coaching, cycling and walking. He coaches the GB Under 20s Ultimate Frisbee Team in conditioning, speed and agility as they prepare for the World Championships in Summer 2024.

Managing Partner Neil Wilson comments on the team’s expansion “Jonathan and Katie have been brought in through their very meritable skillsets and experience. They fit the Chadwick Lawrence mould both in their personable attitudes and their hard-working nature. This is just the latest step in a long series of positive changes we are making within the firm”.

‘Head of the Commercial Property Department Cheryl Largue adds ‘It is a pleasure to welcome both Jonathan and Katie to our team and I look forward to working with both of them going forward in respect of developing our offering as a commercial property team and providing the expert service to our clients.’

The strategic hiring of these senior members reflects the firm's dedication to providing high-quality services within the Commercial Property sector. Both Jonathan and Katie bring a wealth of knowledge gained from reputable law firms, contributing to the overall strength and capability of Complete Property Solutions.