30 July 2021

South West law firm Battens Solicitors are commending the work of Property Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Jacqui Swann, and Commercial Property Solicitor, Michael Sewell. In recognition of their dedication to the firm and clients across Somerset, Dorset and beyond, both Jacqui and Michael have been promoted to Associate.

Jacqui specialises in property dispute resolution, including landlord and tenant issues, agricultural tenancies, rights of way and adverse possession. Jacqui originally joined Battens’ Debt Recovery Team in 2009 and took the CILEx route to qualification within the Property Dispute Resolution Team, becoming a Chartered Legal Executive in 2018 and a CILEx Advocate in June 2019.

“I am delighted to receive this promotion” explained Jacqui. “CILEx offers an alternative route to becoming a Lawyer, and this is something Battens supports and encourages throughout all our legal teams which is great.”

Michael joined Battens as a Trainee Solicitor in 2014 and completed his training contract in November 2016, qualifying into the Commercial Property Team. Michael’s focus is working with clients, whether as individuals, limited companies, charities or trustees, advising on commercial property sales and purchases, development transactions, landlord and tenant matters and property financing.

Commenting on his promotion, Michael says: “It is rewarding that my work and commitment has been recognised with this promotion to Associate. Battens have been a great help throughout my training contract and are always supportive of career progression throughout the firm.

I am looking forward to continuing to assist clients seeking commercial property guidance throughout the ever changing property landscape, and in a post-covid world.”

Managing Director, Ceri Stephens, says: “It is fantastic to see staff who have trained with Battens, progress to achieve these well-deserved promotions. Both Jacqui and Michael are assets to Battens and their promotions not only reflect their hard work, but the rapport they have developed with their clients, which we value as a company.”