Hammonds LLP hires hotels specialist in Manchester

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    Hammonds LLP is expanding its capability in the hotels and leisure sector with the appointment of the former head of the leisure services group at Halliwells.

    Leisure industry expert Chris Eddlestone is joining Hammonds to head up the firm's national hotel and leisure services team from Manchester. He joined Halliwells in 1999 and previously served 16 years at Birchall Blackburn, where he was one of three senior partners.

    Legal directory Chambers and Partners recognises Chris Eddlestone as a leading individual and describes him as "a lateral thinker who provides amazing advice." Meanwhile Legal 500 notes that, Eddlestone has "an impressive and varied list of clients". His clients include Macdonald Hotels, Natural Retreats and City Block.

    Eddlestone has long associations with the leisure sector, having been a director and shareholder of Hutchinson Leisure Group, Apollo Leisure and Brook Hotels. He is also the founder of the Annual Hotels Conference, the largest event for independent hoteliers in the country. At this year's conference in November, the programme will include break-out sessions on raising finance, expansion and business development decision-making, what the Olympics will mean for the North West region, revenue management, and marketing and distribution.

    Jane Haxby, who heads up the Manchester office of Hammonds, said, "I am delighted to welcome Chris to the firm and look forward to helping him to build a strong team that will draw together all the expertise from across the firm in the hotel and leisure sector. We already advise a range of clients in this sector, including Jurys Doyle Hotel Group, Live Nation, Enterprise Inns and Marriott. With Chris' arrival, we are now in an excellent position to build on our expertise and will be on the lookout to attract similar talent to the firm.

    Eddlestone's appointment follows news of the firm's Manchester office appointing two senior real estate lawyers - partner Mark Gaffney and senior associate David Spinks. Earlier in the year, Hammonds promoted three of its Manchester-based senior associates to the partnership including finance litigation specialist Anthony Taylor who has also hired two new lawyers into his team in April.

    For further information contact:

    Kath Paddison, Communications Manager, Hammonds LLP, on 0161 830 5289 or email: katherine.paddison@hammonds.com

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