COMMERCIAL law firm Thrings has appointed commercial property expert Fionnuala Nolan as partner to advise the firm’s commercial real estate sector clients.

Coming to Swindon company Thrings from City law firm Banks Kelly Solicitors, Fionnuala built her reputation in the areas of retail, property development and trading.

Fionnuala, who has more than 20 years’ experience advising businesses on their property needs, joins Thrings partner Alison Jarvis’ Commercial Property team to provide legal expertise to high-end luxury retailers, UK property developers, European and UK investors, trading companies, banks and industrial clients.

She said: “I’m delighted to be joining a dynamic and recognised team of lawyers who, as well as providing top tier legal advice, place a keen emphasis on the importance of maintaining and growing client relationships.”

Managing partner at Thrings Simon Holdsworth said: “Welcoming Fionnuala to the team is a real coup for Thrings. She has a first-rate reputation and great experience in the high-end luxury retail sector, acting for leading Italian and German retail operators and their financial backers.

“Fionnuala has a proven track record in delivering complex and time-sensitive transactions. We’re really pleased to have her join us as the newest member of our fast-growing Commercial Property team.”

She has advised on several high-profile and complex deals in the City, including the property aspects of PPP projects and carrying through acquisitions and disposals.

Working with well known Italian luxury retail brands, Fionnuala has helped secure sites in key locations such as Bond Street, the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent and Manchester’s Trafford Centre and is currently advising a well known brand on their flagship HQ installation in London’s Mayfair.

The past year has also seen Fionnuala work on the financing of large-scale property portfolios and complex part transfers.