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Commercial Property – Southport
Qualifications and professional achievements: LLB (Hons), Legal Practice Course area of law:
How did you end up working for a law firm? I joined Birchall Blackburn Law in 2013, and began my career in residential conveyancing. I then completed my training and qualified as a Solicitor in 2017 now specialising in commercial property including the acquisition and sale of commercial properties and land, secured finance against properties/land, sale, purchase and transfer of investment properties, landlord and tenant matters, asset sales and purchases of small businesses.
Unusual fact: I am a huge Harry Potter fan having followed it since my childhood. I have visited The Wizarding World of Harry potter in Florida and have been to twice to the Studio Tour in London.
Tony Coates was recommended to me by my broker for completion of the purchase of my second hotel in Blackpool. I found Tony exceptionally talented and detailed with his work and treats his clients without any prejudice for the background of the client, in my experience so far, solicitors or barristers would normally have a condescending attitude towards clients who are not originally from UK . Right from the beginning Tony has been a great help in terms of chasing seller solicitors, brokers, lender solicitors to put things in place. But what actually distinguishes him from the rest, which I must say is extremely rare, is despite of pressure of deadlines and unprofessional behaviours of other parties, sometimes including myself, he remained focused on protecting my interests in business and kept explaining me patiently importance of steps he is taking. He understood importance of the deal to remain intact and brilliantly developed a lock-out agreement that allowed us not only to hold onto the property but gave us enough flexibility in terms of time to complete the deal. Best part about Tony is that despite of his experience and command on his profession he is extremely approachable and made me comfortable to speak freely, there is no sign of typical SOLICITOR EGO.
Jenny, who took over from Tony while he was on holidays, has played a pivotal role in completion of the deal in the final phase. She has been extremely diligent, punctual and simply splendid in communicating the progress of the deal that put my mind at peace. She delivered on every deadline she promised and on one occasion sacrificed her personal time after she had finished work to develop a document demanded by lender solicitors last minute.
A big thank you to Tony and Jenny in helping me complete this deal, highly recommended team of solicitors indeed.
My husband & I would highly recommend Birchall Blackburn especially Jennifer McGowan & Tony Coates, we spoke with Jenny regularly whilst they were overseeing the sale of business, she was always available to explain the process of stages we were at with the sale she also worked hard & succeeded to get completion done on the date we wanted.
I can’t praise Jenny enough for the work she carried out for us and the help she gave me during a very trying time. I never met Jenny but can assure you that the service she provided was over and beyond anything I expected. Jenny dealt with any issues I raised calmly and efficiently throughout the sale. Towards the completion of the sale of the business I felt many times that I could pull out because the buyers were putting me under a lot of pressure and seemed to be deliberately awkward especially on issues relating to the staff at the shop. Some of the staff had worked for me for years and I felt the buyers were unfair at times. Jenny resolved these issues quickly and efficiently and made the transaction much easier for us all. Jenny also assured me she would be available over the bank holiday weekend even though she shouldn’t have been working and said I could phone her at any time. I cannot praise Jenny enough for her assistance in all the matters and would recommend your company to anyone.