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Meet the Property Section Committee

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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.

Christopher Bean is a Partner and Team  Manager at East Sussex-based Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors, a Legal 500 firm. He specialises in Residential Conveyancing. He is a founding member and director of the Conveyancing Association, and sits on the Land Registry advisory council. He is a past president of the Eastbourne Law Society and current committee member as well as being a member of the Hastings and District Law Society.

Denis Cameron is a Law Society council member and a member of the management board and former member of the regulatory affairs board. He is also a member of the professional standards and ethics committee, and the technology and law reference group. He is a former chair of the conveyancing and land law committee.

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.

Simon David is the managing partner of Thomas Legal Group, a specialist conveyancing firm with a presence in both Gloucestershire and London. Simon was previously a partner in a large regional firm based in Cheltenham, and now manages one of the largest property teams in the area. He is also a member of the Conveyancing Association.

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 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.

Nick Gurney-Champion is head of the property team at Gurney-Champion & Co, a general high street firm with offices in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. He specialises in residential and commercial property law and various other areas of general legal practice. He is the Law Society Council member for residential conveyancing and a member of the Law Society’s conveyancing and land law committee.

Myfanwy McDonagh (vice-chair) 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 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.

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.

Ian Ward is a partner at Bond Dickinson and has over 30 years’ experience of advising a range of public and private sector clients across the country on major regeneration and strategic residential development projects. He also has extensive client relationship management expertise, undertaking this role for the Tyne & Wear Framework and also for HCA, the Outer London Councils, and London Borough Legal Alliance Frameworks.

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.

Ian White (chair) is an experienced commercial property lawyer, and former managing partner and head of property at a large Midlands law firm. He was the first solicitor Law Society council representative for commercial property, and is a member of the Conveyancing Handbook editorial board. He has been actively involved in the Conveyancing Quality Scheme and its appeal processes in particular.

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Benefits of Membership*

Property Section renewals

The Property Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Section Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Fraud
  • Risk and Compliance
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Conveyancing
  • Planning
  • Phishing and Cyber Security
  • Bogus Firms
  • Renewable Energy
  • Rent Deposits
  • Buy-to-Let
  • Mortgage Credit Directive
  • Vulnerable Clients
  • Consumer Protection Regulations
  • Requisitions
  • Income Tax Relief
  • Reserved Funds
  • Brownfield Sites
  • Right to Buy
  • Searches
  • Capital Allowances
  • Stamp Duty
  • Land Tax

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Webinars, a Conference, Workshops, Seminars, Magazines, E-newsletters and a LinkedIn Group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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