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Appointments news from Westcountry firms

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

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Impressive knowledge

Law firm Stephens Scown has made two new appointments to its corporate team, welcoming employment law specialist Verity Slater and corporate solicitor Kirsty McAuley, who will both be based at its Truro office.

Verity, who has joined the firm as a partner, previously headed up the employment team at Truro-based Follett Stock.

Kirsty joins Stephens Scown from Coodes in Truro. She will be working on a range of issues for clients including commercial contracts, partnerships and business purchases and sales.

Managing partner Robert Camp said: “Verity and Kirsty have both impressed us with their legal knowledge and focus on excellent client service.”

A warm welcome

Luxury holiday specialists Cornish Gems has appointed Emma Fashokun to manage their Coffee Lounge in St Ives. The venue was launched as hybrid office space and coffee shop to provide a welcoming environment where customers can meet the Cornish Gems team.

An excellent reputation

Truro law firm Charles French & Co has appointed Sarah Dell as a director, dealing with dispute resolution.

Welcoming Sarah, who has over 15 years’ experience in dispute resolution, the firm’s director Charles French said: “Sarah has an excellent reputation throughout the county. [Her] appointment shows we are serious about providing high quality dispute resolution services to our clients.”

25 years in industry

Property agent Luscombe Maye has appointed Chris Davey as a residential estate agency and new homes partner. Chris, who joined the office a year ago, has 25 years’ experience in the property industry and helped the firm – which has six Westcountry branches – create two new departments, which focus on retirement living and new homes.

Expanding portfolio

Devon-based holiday lets business Blue Chip Holidays has appointed Mark Williams, Nicole Roe and Joe Sweeny as new portfolio development managers, with the aim of expanding the number of properties on its books.

Mark specialises in advising owners on property investments that will maximise returns.

Nicole will cover the South Hams and Plymouth.

Joe, who previously worked for HomeAway.co.uk, will cover the Dorset area.

Heading ‘best’ team

Property agent Fulfords has appointed Jon Turfrey to head its Plympton office.

Jon said: “After spending some time in our Plympton branch, I can honestly say the sales team is the best that I have ever worked with.”

A leading light

Dr Jose (Joe) Lopez has joined Plymouth-based Plessey Semiconductors as its chief commercial officer.

Reporting to chief executive Michael LeGoff, his main focus will be to grow the manufacturer’s LED-based technology sales.

Plessey has developed a ‘revolutionary’ process to produce high-brightness LEDs at a fraction of the current cost.

During a 25-year career in the semiconductor industry, Joe has been a key player in the solid state lighting, communications and consumer market segments.

Civil litigation skills

Samuels Solicitors in Barnstaple has been joined by Mark Cummings, a civil litigation specialist.

Welcoming him, senior partner Jan Samuel said: “Mark has a wealth of experience in our core areas of litigation and also adds his own expertise in landlord and tenant cases, and building disputes.”

Insolvency specialist

Insolvency solicitor Sean Jenner has joined Everys Solicitors. He was formerly with Kitsons in Exeter and specialises in insolvency, debt recovery and commercial dispute resolution. He relocated to Devon from Sydney in 2012.

Expert in interiors

Torquay based designer Maria Smythe has been appointed to create the interior design for a showhome at Eagle One Home’s Exmouth Quay development, Spinnakers.

Eagle One Homes director Chris Fayers said: “We’ve worked with Maria on a number of developments. Her attention to detail and commitment to quality make her the perfect partner for us.”

Professional reunion

Plymouth based Act Family Law has welcomed Julia Robson to its team. She previously worked with Act owner Ian Downing at Bond Dickinson.With particular expertise in the financial issues surrounding divorce, she is a member family disputes organisation Resolution and joined from Symonds Solicitors where she spent the last three years as a partner.

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