Verisona Law is responding to increasing demand for its commercial property services by welcoming two new members to its specialist team.
Jackie Powell first began studying law for A-level at Portsmouth College. After graduating with a first class law degree from the University of Southampton in 2013 and passing her LPC with distinction at the College of Law in Guildford the year after, Jackie went straight on to complete a two year training contract at the London headquarters of international law firm, Charles Russell Speechlys.
Jackie’s training included gaining valuable experience in Commercial Property, including landlord and tenant matters, and Real Estate Regeneration and Development, working with national housebuilders on land acquisitions, affordable housing and infrastructure agreements. She also carried out a six month secondment as a Trainee Solicitor for one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, Atkins, working on commercial and construction cases.
In 2016, Jackie made the decision to return to Portsmouth and took a position at Paris Smith LLP as a Construction and Commercial Property Solicitor. After a year, she made the move to Verisona Law.
‘Growing up and returning to live in Portsmouth, I knew of Verisona Law and its strong reputation in the city,’ Jackie explains. ‘I have been offered a great opportunity in a firm that is respected, relatively young and therefore attractively ambitious.’
After his studies at South Downs College and several years in the hospitality sector, Ryan Morris wanted a complete change of direction. Inspired by his wife’s legal career, he applied for, won and started work at the start of 2016 in the position of Plot Sales Assistant for the Residential Property department of Moore Blatch.
After 14 months, he was offered the role within the firm of New Build Conveyancing Executive, which he did for just under a year before moving to Verisona Law to become a Property Development Assistant.
‘My time in hospitality taught me how to work well within a team and focus on customer service for every individual task,’ he says. ‘I applied those skills to looking after clients purchasing properties and the developers who sell them. The most important thing is keeping clients up to date throughout each stage of a transaction and communicating clear and realistic timescales.’
‘We are delighted to welcome Jackie and Ryan to our offices in Waterlooville,’ says Managing Director, Sue Ball. ‘The past year has been incredibly busy for the team and 2018 shows no sign of being any different, so it is hugely reassuring to have two such capable individuals on board.’