Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has announced the appointment of Nicola Jonas as partner in the firm’s Plymouth office in a bid to strengthen its real estate team in the UK.
Jonas rejoins from a regional firm and specialises in commercial property, acting for landlords and tenants on portfolio property management, site acquisitions and disposals.
WBD said she has a strong track record advising the renewable energy sector, particularly wind farm and hydropower developers on all property aspects of their acquisitions of sites for the development of their clean energy projects.
The appointment marks Jonas’s return to the firm where she previously worked as a managing associate. In her previous role, Jonas advised one of Europe’s largest regional airlines in connection with all of their property requirements.
Jonas’ appointment comes as the latest in a series of senior hires across WBD’s real estate practice in the UK. This includes new partners Kathryn Wood and Paul Mason, based in Leeds and Edinburgh respectively, alongside senior counsel Adam Taylor-Smith and his team across WBD’s London and Southampton offices.
Additionally, the firm’s Plymouth office has grown in recent months with a number of senior promotions including new partner Stephen Panton, managing associate Jason Hobday and associate Sarah Dinshaw.
Meanwhile, Andrij Jurkiw, partner and head of WBD’s national competition team, also relocated to Plymouth in the past year.
Craig Moore, real estate partner and head of WBD’s Plymouth office, said: “Nicola will play an important role in reinforcing our national and regional offering, helping to implement our sector vision of providing first-rate real estate expertise to a wide range of clients here in the South West and across the UK.”
Nicola added: “WBD has a great reputation across the UK with an impressive client portfolio, particularly in the real estate and energy sectors, bringing many opportunities to work on very exciting national and regional projects. I am delighted to be rejoining our growing Plymouth team and to be reuniting with many former colleagues.”