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 and is also a member of the Law Society’s 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.
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 is a senior professional support lawyer in the real estate team at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP.
He is a member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing and Land Law Committee.He is also secretary of the Land Law Committee of the City of London Law Society. Warren writes regularly for Property in Practice and other leading property industry publications. He is also a frequent public speaker.
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.
Anna Russell-Knee specialises in planning and environmental law, advising on Section 106 agreements, certificates of lawful development, planning enforcement matters, injunctions, judicial review proceedings (and other High Court litigation), prosecutions and maladministration complaints. She advises individuals, developers, local authorities and action groups.
Anna provides training courses, presents webinars and regularly writes for the Property Section magazine, Property in Practice, bringing her planning expertise into the field of property law.
Peter Rodd is the former Senior Partner and now consultant at a 15 partner High Street practice based in East Kent. He is the Law Society Council member for residential conveyancing and Chief Assessor for CQS and a past chair, and currently member of the Law Society Property Section Executive Committee and Conveyancing and Land Law Committee.
Peter is a former member of the CQS Technical Panel, the Law Society’s Money Laundering, Home Information Pack and E-Conveyancing Taskforces. He lectures on a variety of property related legal matters and writes regularly for Property in Practice and other legal publications.
Ben Tarrant is a legal director in the real estate team at Ashfords LLP. He works with property investors, banks and corporate occupiers on commercial property acquisitions, disposals and management transactions and assists healthcare businesses and charities with their property requirements.
Ben is a past president of Bristol Law Society and regularly speaks at seminars about landlord and tenant issues and talks to law students about their future career choices and skills development.
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.
Since Virgin Money’s acquisition in 2018 by the Clydesdale Banking Group, she is head of legal for the retail and mortgage franchises.
Sarah Cookson (vice chair) is a director and head of conveyancing at Yorkshire Firm Switalskis Solicitors and is based at their Knaresborough office. Her experience is in residential property covering freehold and leasehold sales, purchases, transfers and remortgage together with new build purchase transactions.
Nina Wilson is a partner at Wilson Browne LLP, a Legal 500 firm based in Northamptonshire. She has practised as a commercial property solicitor for almost 20 years, and was previously responsible for the residential conveyancing team in the firm.
Nina acts for landlords, tenants, developers and landowners in a wide range of property transactions.
Rita Bange is a major projects solicitor for Westminster City Council having previously been the principal property and regeneration solicitor at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. She is also the national lead for housing and regeneration for Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) and was shortlisted for in-house solicitor of the year category at Law Society Awards 2021. She previously worked at several leading in house and in private practice organisations. She has broad experience working on transactions including acquisitions and disposals for both investment and development purposes, and tenant matters as well as general commercial property transactions but has particular knowledge and expertise in large scale development / regeneration projects.
Clare Harman Clark (chair) is a senior professional support lawyer at Taylor Wessing LLP in the City of London. She acted as a journalist before retraining into law, qualifying at Clifford Chance LLP and specialising for over a decade in complex and high-value commercial real estate developments and transactions.
She has a particular interest in the application of technology on the future practice of law and also lectures on the Legal Practice Course at the University of Westminster.