Lester Aldridge is delighted to announce the expansion of our London office with the arrival of a residential property team from Lewis Townsend LLP.

The new team comprises three partners, John TownsendDoug Irvine and Andrew Slatter.

It is a homecoming for John who trained with Lester Aldridge in 1999, before leaving in 2011 to work alongside Doug and Andrew at a top 30 city firm. John and Doug subsequently set up Lewis Townsend, offering bespoke residential property services, and were later joined by Andrew. All three partners have developed successful practices over many years, dealing with residential conveyancing, new development, general landlord and tenant, and management work. Andrew has additionally specialised since 1993 in leasehold enfranchisement work, acting against many of the central London estates.

John, Doug and Andrew have always taken a modern approach to residential property work, looking to find new ways to provide legal services to clients, embracing modern working methods and effective means of communication to fit in with their clients’ busy lives.  Above all, they have been guided by the simple principle of providing service levels they would personally wish to experience as a client.

Lester Aldridge is delighted to be able to support the partners in the next stage of developing and expanding their practice, offering a full legal service to existing and future clients in terms of private client, commercial and all other areas of practice.

Joining John, Doug and Andrew will be their formidable support team comprising of paralegal Alicia Rice and legal assistants Katie Vann and Aileen Avenet. In addition, trainee solicitor Tarron Dobson will be joining Lester Aldridge, having gained experience in the residential property and commercial teams at Lewis Townsend.

Matthew Barrow, Managing Partner at Lester Aldridge, said: “I am delighted to welcome this new team to Lester Aldridge. We are all very excited about this new chapter for our London office, and look forward to continuing the provision of a wide and specialist range of services for our clients.”