Gordons promotes retail property expert to junior equity partner

Wednesday 20th April 2016

Gordons has recognised the expertise of commercial property partner Joanne Fearnley by promoting her to junior equity partner.

Joanne now operates at the level created by the firm to identify and develop people capable of attaining full equity partnership status. It is a role which introduces her to the strategic running of the business and involves a greater level of decision making.

Over the past ten years, Joanne has forged a reputation as one of the retail sector’s leading property lawyers. During that time, she has been principal legal advisor to nationwide variety retailer B&M on all property matters, including advising on more than 400 store openings.

Speaking about Joanne, B&M’s chief executive, Simon Arora, said: “Joanne instinctively grasps what is, and what isn’t, important to us. She is practical, efficient and able to think and act entrepreneurially. She is a crucial part of our success story.”

Commenting on her promotion, Gordons managing partner, Paul Ayre, said: “With so many sites acquired for B&M and other retailers Joanne has more experience of this type of work than virtually any other lawyer in the UK.

“She can justly claim to possess an unrivalled understanding of what retailers want in a sector known for the pace at which it moves. Joanne also develops strong relationships from the shop floor to the boardroom to ensure that her advice works where it matters.

We’re excited about the growth of our retail specialism and Joanne will play a vital role in its continued success.”

Gordons’ current retail clients also include Buy It Direct, Charles Tyrwhitt, Costcutter, Iceland, Morrisons, Nisa, Original Factory Shop, Pep & Co and Wren Kitchens.