The Committee supports the development of the future strategy of the Section and enhancement of the services already offered to members. Committee members and their brief biographies are below.
Philip Askew is a partner in the residential property team at Stone King. His experience in property law covers all main fields, including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, agricultural property transactions, and remortgages.
Roger Buston is a consultant solicitor to Birkett Long LLP, a Legal 500 Firm in Essex, having been a sole practitioner and principal solicitor of Asher Prior Bates in Colchester, Essex, a Lexcel and CQS-accredited practice, for 35 years. He has practised as a property solicitor for 40 years, and specialises in all aspects of freehold and leasehold property conveyancing, domestic and commercial. He is the Law Society council member for Suffolk and North Essex.
Nick Dell is a senior associate in the commercial property team at Stone King LLP in Bath. He deals with a broad range of commercial property work for commercial, educational and charitable institutions. He has previously worked at partner level for several leading South West law firms, and also worked for national house builder Redrow Homes and as company secretary and head of legal at Bristol Water.
Michael Draper has broad range of commercial experience including commercial acquisitions and development, secured lending and securities and commercial landlord and tenant. His published works including The Extent of Easements and Enforceability of Covenants have been published in the Solicitors Journal along with many other articles; his refereed works, TLATA 1996 appeared in the Liverpool Law Review and more recently Undue Influence in The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer. Michael is a reviewer for The Law Teacher which is a fully-refereed journal concerned with the teaching of law and Issues affecting legal education at all academic levels. Michael is engaged with University strategic aims in Teaching and the assessment of applications for fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
Michael Garson is a partner at Kagan Moss and Co, a London-based private client practice. He is past chair of the Property Section committee, Law Society council member for Central Middlesex, and member of the Society’s regulatory affairs board, Portal reference group and CQS technical panel. He lectures and advises on regulation for solicitors and estate agents.
Warren Gordon (chair) is head of Real Estate Know How at Olswang LLP. He is chair of the Law Society’s conveyancing and land law committee and is also secretary of the land law committee of the City of London Law Society. Warren writes regularly for Property Week and Property in Practice. He sits on the Property Section committee as an observer for the conveyancing and land law committee.
Mark Hughes is head of property in the London Office of Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP, a Legal 500 firm. He oversees the work of the commercial property and residential property teams. He acts for developers and investors in a wide range of commercial properties and has over 30 years’ experience. He has experience of working both in the City and in a high street firm.
Karen Lee is a specialist in residential development, with substantial experience of acting for commercial developers and major house builders concentrating on complex land assembly, sale and acquisition of large scale strategic commercial, residential and mixed use developments.
Myfanwy McDonagh is a partner and head of residential property at Furley Page LLP, a Legal 500 firm based in East Kent. She is a member of the Kent Law Society. Prior to 1997, Myfanwy specialised in family law, practising in London and in Hong Kong, where she served on the family law committee of the Hong Kong Law Society, and was a co-author of the Hong Kong Legal Practice Manual in Family Law.
Mary Rose Millin ( vice chair) is joint head of Property in the Leeds office of RadcliffesLeBrasseur and specialises in commercial property matters. She advises on disposals, acquisitions, funding, investments, planning, development and letting. She has an excellent understanding of client requirements gained from her experience of acting for a broad range of clients from both the public and private sector.
Anna Russell-Knee is a partner at LSR Solicitors & Planning Consultants, splitting her time between London and Colchester. She works on Section 106 agreements, certificates of lawful development, boundary disputes, injunctions, maladministration complaints, planning /enforcement appeals and judicial review proceedings; advising local authorities, individuals and developers. Anna provides training courses on planning law and enforcement; and regularly writes for the Property Section magazine, Property in Practice, bringing her planning expertise into the field of property law.
Peter Rodd is senior partner at 12-partner, high street practice Boys and Maughan in Margate, Kent. He a member of the conveyancing and land law committee and the CQS technical panel, Law Society council member for commercial property, and current secretary of the Isle of Thanet Law Society. He speaks and writes on a range of property-related topics.
Ben Tarrant (vice chair) is a partner in the Real Estate team at Thrings. He joined the firm in 2016 from a top 50 national law firm, having also previously worked at a City practice. Ben’s areas of expertise include commercial property investment; acquisitions / disposals / portfolio and estate management for corporate occupiers and owners; healthcare (GPs, care homes, dentists, pharmacies); retail (high street, out of town, shopping centres); and property finance (secured lending).
Louise Waugh worked as a chartered tax adviser until 2001, when she also qualified as a solicitor. She worked in commercial property at Dickinson Dees (now Bond Dickinson) for six years, before moving to Northern Rock in 2009 to advise on the property implications of its capital and legal restructure. She now looks after the company’s commercial property portfolio, and heads the customer team in legal.