Rix & Kay has appointed a new partner to lead its commercial property practice.
Jo Marshall, previously of Knights, will oversee the firm’s commercial property team and work with clients across the region from offices in Sevenoaks, Ashford, Brighton & Hove and Uckfield.
With almost 20 years of experience in commercial property, Marshall has a reputation for guiding developer/land-owner and investor clients on the delivery of complex and large-scale projects.
During her career she has also worked in-house for Kent County Council and global powerhouse Nabarro, before it merged with CMS and Olswang.
Marshall will take immediate responsibility for continuing to grow Rix & Kay’s commercial property team and building on the firm’s roster of clients.
“I’m very excited to begin the next chapter of my career and help Rix & Kay to continue to be a go-to firm for businesses who want trusted legal and commercial support – not just from a property point of view but across the spectrum of legal services.
“Rix & Kay have made their ambitions very clear. Together we are committed to recruiting outstanding talent that will allow us to further grow the commercial property team and our client base over the next twelve months and beyond.”
A former amusement arcade in Hastings old town has been sold for redevelopment.
Vail Williams acted for the freeholder on the disposal of the 14,039 sq ft site at 39-41 George Street.
The property consultancy concluded a deal with the purchaser, Oasis Developments Hastings Ltd
Arranged mainly across three floors, the early 20th century property also once housed a nightclub at first floor level.
Planning permission has now been sought for 20 apartments and ground floor commercial units.
The proposal includes the demolition of the entire building with a rebuild incorporating some of the historic features specific to George Street and Hastings.
A spokesperson for Oasis Developments said: “The application is highly supported by local organisations with the view that this will enhance the George Street elevation and be a premier tourist attraction.”
Steve Berrett, Vail Williams’ partner based in Crawley, added: “We acted for an existing client on this deal. Properties like this are rarely available and we had strong interest throughout the process.
“Historically, the site will be known to many people as the family entertainment centre Old Town Amusements, with Georgies (formerly Waves) nightclub above, but it became surplus to requirements.”