New hire Orla hopes to help continue law firm’s ‘impressive’ growth

Orla Gilligan, Consultant Property Solicitor at Woodstock Legal Services

By Sam Pither [email protected]

Published: October 17, 2023 | Updated: 17th October 2023

Woodstock Legal Services has announced the appointment of Orla Gilligan, a highly experienced commercial property solicitor.

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Orla, who brings more than 20 years’ experience – most recently working as an Associate Solicitor and Technical Property Lawyer at Farnfields Solicitors in North Dorset, joins as a Consultant Property Solicitor.

Her career to date has seen her holding positions at a number of firms across England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, as well as working as an in-house lawyer at national developer Taylor Wimpey.

Orla’s appointment continues the growth of Woodstock’s specialist residential and commercial property offering, bringing a particular skillset in the commercial aspect with a reputation for her work in acquisitions, commercial property investment, leases (and lease surrenders) and the sale and purchase of businesses.

Speaking on her appointment, Orla said: “Woodstock has been on my radar for some time now. The firm has such a vibrant and ambitious brand, unique amongst many law firms, and has significantly raised its profile over the past three or four years.”

“Woodstock recognises its hires to be capable, hard-working and trustworthy adults, and as such they are happy for me to work wherever and whenever suits me and my clients best.

“I found this attitude very appealing and it makes a refreshing change in attitude from more traditional law firms.

“Its recent hires across the board were also a big factor in my decision to join; the quality of the people choosing to join Woodstock Legal is a real testament to the direction of its ambition. This calibre of lawyers, the professional support and their level of specialism speaks volumes.”

Asked about her hopes for the future, Orla said: “I’d like to help Simone [Ritchie] continue the impressive growth of the firm’s property law offering.

“I think I can help bring in another stream of work to complement that already being delivered so effectively regionally throughout the South Coast and nationally.

“I have a very direct, honest and transparent approach to working with my commercial property clients, which they find refreshing.

“At the end of the day, clients want professional advice that actually provides advice, not fencing and hesitation, particularly when it comes to complex property assets.

Simone Ritchie, Director and Head of Woodstock Legal’s national Property Team, welcomed Orla to the firm by saying: “We are so pleased Orla has decided to join us.

“As a business, we continue to grow and deliver on increasingly larger and more complex commercial property projects nationally – Orla’s experience and expertise further our ability to compete nationally with our unique consultancy-based approach.”

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