The team gets stronger at city law firm

Rachel Sims

Absolute client focus continues to be the main driver at city law firm Hewitsons, with a number of staff appointments having been made throughout the business, further strengthening its legal team.

Legal director Rachel Sims (pictured above) has joined the Cambridge office in a senior role as head of the firm’s real estate litigation team, while solicitor Brendon Lee has joined the planning and environment team, headed up by Gemma Dudley, based in the Newmarket Road office in the city.

Rachel has extensive experience of providing general landlord and tenant dispute resolution advice across a large direct real estate investment portfolio. She regularly advises on tenant insolvency, dilapidations, forfeiture, lease renewals and contested break options and claims for breach of covenant. Prior to that, Rachel acted for housing associations and private residential landlords in bringing possession claims including nuisance and anti-social behaviour claims. She has dealt with high value and complex litigation cases.

Brendon LeeBrendon (right) specialises in both contentious and non-contentious cases. His planning experience covers both major and minor commercial and residential developments, and he regularly assists with planning applications and appeals, the interpretation of planning policy, planning enforcement and issues concerning planning conditions, section 106 planning obligations and the community infrastructure levy. He also deals with minerals and waste planning together with licencing and environmental regulatory control issues arising from waste operators.

Hewitsons managing partner Colin Jones said: “With offices in Cambridge, Northampton, Milton Keynes and London, Hewitsons is in a strong position as the UK awaits what Brexit delivers this year and how that will affect the region, including proposed development plans in the Oxford Cambridge Arc.

“Hewitsons as a firm continues to move forward, having recently invested heavily in IT infrastructure and in new people, with several appointments across the firm, including at our Cambridge office.


We pride ourselves on delivering an outstanding service to a wide range of individuals, businesses and institutions including charities, educational and sports bodies. The firm’s size and breadth of specialisms means each client receives the focus it requires.

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