North East law firm Hay & Kilner has bolstered its award-winning commercial property team with the appointment of Ricky Handa.

Ricky is joining the Newcastle-headquartered firm in an associate solicitor role and has worked across a wide range of projects and industry sectors in his career to date.

After studying for his law degree at Northumbria University, he then went on to take a Masters degree in Business With Legal Management at the same institution.

He completed his training with Square One Law in Newcastle before spearheading the growth of the commercial property team at Millican Law.

Hay & Kilner’s commercial property team was chosen as the winner of the Property (Commercial) category in the 2018 Northern Law Awards and has recently been shortlisted in the Property Law Firm of the Year category of the Insider North East Property Awards.

Ricky Handa says: “I’d worked opposite the Hay & Kilner team on a number of different projects and was always impressed with the way in which they operated.

“It’s a strong, well-established team that’s working within an ambitious, commercially-minded practice and becoming part of it gives me the chance to both apply the knowledge I’ve acquired in my career so far and work in new areas where I want to build my experience.

“Taking a flexible, collaborative approach now is going to be key to sustaining existing commercial relationships, and ensuring the future prosperity of the commercial property market.

“As the region recovers from the impact of the pandemic, we think there will be a strong will to get transactional activity moving again  and the practical knowledge that our team can apply will help to identify the best ways to navigate the evolving landscape.”

Established in 1946, Hay & Kilner is one of North East England’s leading independent law firms and provides a full range of legal services to businesses and individuals from both within and outside the region.

Nicola Tiffen, partner and head of the commercial property department at Hay & Kilner Law Firm, adds: “Ricky is a well-regarded practitioner with a growing reputation within the North East commercial property sector and is an excellent addition to the team.”