CMS continues to strengthen and grow its Northern Real Estate and Construction offering

Specialising in construction and engineering projects, Helen Johnson has extensive expertise across the sector. She has particular experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts on a broad range of complex residential, office, retail and leisure projects, and regularly advised on JV contracts, providing strategic advice for major multi-phase developments. Helen joins the Energy, Projects and Construction (EPC) team from Kennedys, and will be working alongside partners Fraser Askham, Chris Hallam and Nigel Lewis with a focus on the construction sector. Helen is an executive board member of the Sheffield Property Association.

Helen Balliger joins as a real estate partner. She was formerly with DWF, where she spent over four years advising a wide range of real estate UK and international clients on various investment and asset management matters. Helen specialises in high volume letting work and buying and selling large property portfolios, with a particular focus on the logistics and distribution industry.

BRM boosts its Sheffield real estate team with new hire

Local solicitors BRM has hired Mario Esposito, who will advise on a wide variety of real estate transactions for a broad range of national and regional clients.

Mario said: “I am excited to be joining the BRM team and taking the next step in my career. Working with James again was a big part of my decision to move and I’m looking forward to offering a high level of service to BRMs growing client base and building my client portfolio.”

James Alger, director, added: “We are delighted to have Mario on board as we expand our client portfolio and continue to go from strength to strength. Having worked with Mario for a number of years I know he has the skillset to become a prominent and well-regarded property professional across the region.”

Chapter II Welcomes Two senior PR & marketing executives

Local PR, marketing and design agency Chapter II has welcomed two recent graduates to the team as part of its passion for nurturing young talent.

Alice Hughes and Beth Richardson join Chapter II as senior PR & marketing executives, having both undertaken year-long industry placements with the company as part of their university courses.

Alice graduated with a first-class BA (Hons.) degree in Marketing, Communications & Advertising from Sheffield Hallam University. Alongside Alice’s already impressive level of industry knowledge and insight, she brings a huge amount of creativity and vibrancy, living and breathing all things marketing.

Beth gained a first-class BA (Hons.) degree in Management with Marketing from the University of Leeds. During her placement, Beth worked within Chapter II’s property division and has since re-joined the team, bringing with her a passion for all things home and interiors.

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce announces new permanent chief executive

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce has announced Louisa Harrison-Walker as the new permanent chief executive.

Louisa has led the organisation in an interim capacity for the past 24 months with joint interim executive director Alexis Krachai, who returns to a non-executive director role.

The well-respected business leaders stepped into the role during the pandemic as part of a ‘turnaround project’ that has included restructuring the organisation, redesigning the financial management and re-imagining the core membership offer.

Louisa said: “As joint interim directors, our aim has been to create solid foundations on which to work collaboratively with our members, anchor institutions and stakeholders in the region.”

Louisa plays an active role in the Sheffield community, serving as both a trustee and non-executive director at South Yorkshire Housing Association, St Luke’s Hospice, Higher Education, Common Purpose UK, and Made in Sheffield.

Hentons Corporate Finance expand their team

Hentons Corporate Finance, which works across offices in Sheffield, Doncaster Leeds, York Thirsk and London, has expanded rapidly over the past 12 months.

Director of corporate finance at Hentons, Chris Sellars, said: “We have added to our team with the appointment of James Pridmore as a corporate finance executive which brings us to a total of eight, doubling our size from 12 months ago.

“James brings with him experience in this area from a Top 10 accountancy firm, and he’ll add a vital extra resource to our team as we look to continue our growth through the rest of the year and into 2023.”

Hentons Corporate Finance, which includes its own in-house corporate services legal team, is a joint venture with Hentons Chartered Accountants who employ 145 people across seven offices in Sheffield, Leeds, York, Doncaster, Hertford, Thirsk and London.