Leading law firm Tees has demonstrated its commitment to increasing its ability to provide a wider range of pragmatic legal advice to more businesses in the region with the appointments of Claire Powell, a partner in Company and Commercial based in Chelmsford and Brentwood and Sarah Coates as Partner and Head of Commercial Property based in Cambridge and providing support across the region. Both have more than 20 years of experience and joined Tees in September.
Claire is a Corporate and Commercial expert, working on acquisitions and disposals, restructuring, mergers and demergers, joint ventures and all types of commercial contracts. She was previously a partner in the firm of Thompson Smith and Puxon and thrives when working with businesses that need sensible, pragmatic and decisive advice. She also specialises in advising GP practices, care homes and dentists.
Sarah has expertise in residential development and development finance work, as well as in assisting educational establishments and companies in the tech/life science sphere with their wide-ranging property needs. Sarah also has a passion for supporting charitable and social enterprise initiatives in Cambridge, most notably acting as Chair of Trustees for the Cambridge Cyrenians, a charity supporting those at risk of homelessness in and around Cambridge. She has practised in Cambridge for 17 years and previously worked for International law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper.
Commenting on her appointment, Claire said: “I’m delighted to join this leading regional law firm and be part of Tees’ ambitious plans to reshape the legal landscape for Essex businesses. Essex is thriving with a multitude of successful businesses serving London and the world but for too long the provision of legal services has been lacking. Tees is committed to changing that and leading the way in doing business responsibly.”
Catherine Mowat, Senior Partner, stressed the significance of these new appointments: “We are delighted to welcome Claire and Sarah into the Tees’ partnership. We have identified that businesses in Essex are underserved by the current legal offering. By appointing two senior and experienced specialists, we are growing our Commercial teams and expanding our offering in line with our 2028 Strategic Growth Plan. Our aim is to better serve the local business communities in all the areas we work and these appointments will help us do just that.”