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Croftons strengthens housing team

17 April 2019 • Mike Nuttall

Following continued growth Croftons has further strengthened its specialist housing and regeneration team with the addition of three experienced property and housing lawyers.


Stephen Tonge (pictured) joins our housing and leasehold management team and will support our clients with a range of complex tenancy enforcement matters including disrepair, anti-social behaviour, and associated litigation and advocacy.

Stephen has over 20 years' experience in delivering legal services to social housing providers and local authorities, specialising in housing management, governance, regulation and contracts.

Before joining Croftons, Stephen was Head of Legal Services for Onward Homes Group where he managed the Group's in-house legal service, leading all tenancy enforcement matters and acting as general counsel on the Group's legal, governance & regulatory business.

Simon John joins us as Senior Associate and will support our housing clients on a wide range of property, development and construction matters.

Previously with the in-house team at Chorley Council, Simon has extensive experience of advising on complex and high-value property transactions and regeneration projects, and also brings expertise in commercial property, commercial contracts and procurement.

Clients will also benefit from Simon’s broader construction and property industry experience and insight, having been a Chartered Quantity Surveyor for 15 years prior to qualifying as a solicitor in 2004.

Mark Yiu joins our specialist commercial property team as a Solicitor and will support our clients with tenant and landlord matters, such as lease renewals, re-gears, and break options, as well as other commercial real estate transactions including acquisitions and disposals and wider commercial portfolio management.

Mark also brings experience in conveyancing and residential property work, further bolstering our resources and expertise in those areas.

Prior to joining Croftons Mark worked at property law specialists PLS Solicitors.

“2018/19 was another year of solid growth for Croftons, with increased instructions coming from our existing clients along with a number of significant new housing sector clients wins,” says Croftons managing partner Simon Leighton.

“Alongside our continued efforts to develop staff from within, this additional work has meant we needed to bring in additional expertise and I’m really pleased to welcome Stephen, Simon and Mark to our housing and regeneration team. They bring with them a wealth of experience across housing, property and construction that our clients are already benefitting from.”


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Croftons is the trading name of Croftons Solicitors LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with number OC343375. The term ‘partner’, if used, denotes a member of Croftons Solicitors LLP or a senior solicitor of Croftons Solicitors LLP with equivalent standing and qualifications. A full list of members is open to inspection at the office. Croftons is authorised and regulated by The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) number 508041. Croftons has its principal place of business at The Lexicon, Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5FA.



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