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Senior director appointment brings new licensed leisure property expertise to Jones Lang LaSalle’s Leeds office

Leeds, 28th July 2009 – Jones Lang LaSalle has recruited Harry Hawksby as a director in its newly formed Licensed Leisure & Hotels team based in Leeds.  Harry’s arrival forms part of a national expansion strategy to develop and expand a Licensed Leisure & Hotels team in England, led by Philip Booth. Harry joins Jones Lang LaSalle with a remit to grow the company’s Licensed Leisure & Hotels business throughout Yorkshire, the North East and Cumbria.

Harry, formerly at GVA Grimley and DTZ, has over 20 years’ professional experience during which he has been responsible for some of the largest commercial property valuations undertaken in the North East of England including the Metro Centre, Gateshead and Eldon Square shopping centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  He has worked on some significant regional instructions including large portfolios of public houses and was involved in the sale of the iconic The Black Bull Inn at Moulton, North Yorkshire.  More recently, Harry has provided valuation and strategic advice to the Banking and Corporate sector in distressed situations.

Harry Hawksby said: “It is particularly encouraging in the current climate that Jones Lang LaSalle has shown the confidence and ambition to further develop its client services in the licensed leisure sector.  This newly combined licensed leisure and hotels team in England complements the market leading services of Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, across the UK and Europe, as well as the company’s existing Leisure team."
He continued: “I am looking forward to working with clients and colleagues to develop a strong market position across the Yorkshire and North East in the vibrant and fast changing hospitality market.”

Jeff Pearey, head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Leeds office, added: “Harry is well respected in the North East property market and his extensive experience is key to the development of this new licensed leisure business line.  Not only does his appointment broaden our client services from Leeds but significantly strengthens our presence in the UK hospitality market which in turn makes us better placed to meet our clients’ needs.”

Notes to Editors:

  • The expansion of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Licensed Leisure & Hotels team in England complements the licensed leisure services offered by the Jones Lang LaSalle team in Scotland, led by Alan Creevy which was created 18 months ago by Jones Lang LaSalle’s acquisition of Creevy LLH in Glasgow.  The team’s formation adds to Jones Lang LaSalle’s existing capabilities in the leisure sector, where the team, led by Stuart Burdon-Bailey, has an established track record providing sales, lettings, acquisition and development advice across a broad spectrum of leisure sectors to national leisure clients including  X Leisure, Legal & General Leisure Fund, Odeon, Stanley Genting and RREEF.