Midlands law firm Wright Hassall is looking to further expand its legal services to the UK’s most innovative companies after making new appointments to its dedicated Science Park team.
Newly promoted law partner Barry Sankey has been joined by paralegal Keri Harwood to add strength to the core of Leamington based Wright Hassall’s, Science Park team.
Providing full time legal services to Warwick Science Park and Brunel Science Park, the dedicated duo are looking to add to the science parks they advise and are also playing an integral role in helping businesses located at both sites drive forward ground breaking research and innovation.
With over thirty years of working with science parks and a long standing affiliate of the UK Science Park Association, Barry is well placed to understand the needs and requirements of science and research parks, using his extensive legal knowledge to help businesses achieve their ambitions.
Keri, having graduated with a Masters of Environmental Sciences before completing her post-graduate law qualifications, will be able to bring her scientific credentials to bear, playing a vital support role as the new Science Park team looks to expand its portfolio of clients.
Her environmental science background will also help the Science Park team’s plan to develop a suite of products and advice that help businesses - on and off science parks - to be more environmentally responsible and sustainable.
Keri, said: “I am delighted to join the Science Park team and work with Barry to support the large portfolio of clients we work with in the sector.
“I will be primarily working on the lettings for the Science Parks, negotiating both lease renewals and helping to get new tenants onto site, including a number of major redevelopments, and also assisting Barry in the development of a new portal system for our sector clients.
“The Science Park sector is an exciting area to work in: you see ambitious companies combining research, business and innovation to drive growth with all the spin-off benefits that that entails for the local and regional economies.”
Barry, who also has extensive experience of the commercial property and regeneration sector, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Keri to the team and her role is crucial to our plans to expand our operations in the sector. During 2015, we aim to expand our work with other science parks across the UK and are presently in discussions with a number of other sites.”
“We as a firm also already advise and have a great working relationship with several businesses currently located at Warwick Science Park on commercial, funding and other aspects of their businesses, by applying the same formula our science park clients appreciate – being proactive, approachable and able to offer real, tangible support to help our clients grow their business.”
“Though larger employers may still hit the headlines with major expansion, the many businesses hosted by science parks, covering biosciences, computer gaming and advanced manufacturing to name only a few sectors, mean that each adding a few new recruits multiplies the impact in each science park’s immediate region and across the UK.
That’s why I so enjoy working with the science park sector as it is a dynamic source of economic growth in many UK regions, driving innovative research and helping to create jobs and attract both UK and foreign investment.”
Barry has advised universities on the development and ongoing management of science and technology park sites, on schemes from 40,000 to 400,000 square feet of developed high-tech space, during his career in the sector.
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PICTURED - Barry Sankey and Keri Harwood from Wright Hassall’s Science Park team