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UK’s fastest growing firm Keystone Law recruits two senior Gloucestershire-based lawyers

PUBLISHED: 16:44 11 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:44 11 August 2016

Simon Hopewell and Jon Close

Simon Hopewell and Jon Close

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Simon Hopewell and Jon Close have become the latest in a series of regional lawyers to join national firm and flexible working alternative, Keystone Law

Having been recently shortlisted for a duo of Lawyer Business Leadership Awards, in client acquisition and agile working - Keystone instantly struck a chord with Simon and Jon who have long sought a better way of working and delivering optimum advice to local businesses in the Cotswolds.

A highly experienced banking and finance lawyer, Simon joins Keystone Law with an impressive career history that includes periods spent in-house at a large global investment bank, a FTSE listed mortgage funder, a large independent fund administrator, and more recently an offshore insurer, as well as in private practice.

An expert in acting for banks, a broad range of financial institutions, real estate developers, and SMEs he is well placed to advise on traditional lending, structured finance and real estate matters, and specialises in non-traditional financing methods including offshore structures and debt funds.

As well as a number of stints in senior in-house positions including at Deutsche Bank AG London and Kensington Mortgages, Simon has spent time at a number of leading national and international firms including RPC and Clifford Chance.

With a career encompassing both central Government and the UK private sector, the last 9 years of which were spent leading, developing and growing the Construction & Engineering Team at BPE Solicitors LLP, Jon continues to advise on all key projects within the region.

His expertise in energy-related issues, infrastructure, precision engineering and cyber security installations means that he is often in demand for his commercialism and sector knowledge as well as legal foresight. His casework is concentrated both on the drafting of specialist contracts, providing procurement advice and advising on disputes both within the UK and internationally.

Commenting on the local hires, Managing Partner and founder James Knight said, “We are very pleased to welcome Simon and Jon to the firm. Both solicitors are well known and respected in their fields for their breadth of expertise and commitment to clients. Their decision to join us, along with making the cut for more and more prestigious awards, is testament to the growing success and strength of the Keystone brand.”

Looking back on an exciting three months at Keystone,

Jon added: “It’s been an exciting period and I’ve moulded my practice around my clients’ needs more than I could ever before. There’s a real sense of being in it together, which is invigorating. I’ve noticed my clients get me involved much earlier now I am at Keystone, which is testament to their understanding and first-hand experience of what we are seeking to deliver in terms of value. “Being a consultant also means that clients appear more comfortable getting me involved in the commercial viability of their projects more than ever. The fact I am a senior lawyer and former partner in a traditional practice gives people confidence that they have the right guy next to them. From advising on a £25m commercial development scheme in the wings, the procurement a £3m natural resources processing plant, a high end residential development as well as adjudication enforcement proceedings in the Technology & Construction Court involving a well-known hotel chain, I am in the thick of it at the coal-face again and loving it.”

Simon continued: “Having followed Keystone Law and its business model with a keen interest for a number of years, the transition from my old firm to here was actually a very seamless one. My practice focuses heavily on building deep client relationships. Joining a firm with the same values and a supportive culture for its consultants seemed like the perfect route to help me to consolidate and grow my existing practice within a firm with Keystone Law’s nationally respected reputation for quality legal advice.”

Both Simon and Jon agreed that they have “a relatively rare combined financial, property, construction & engineering offering whereby clients get us from beginning until the end – not a junior or series of people coming and going. That peace of mind and the knowledge that we get the job done with the least amount of fuss, cost effectively and on time is what we are all about.”

For further details, please contact either Simon or Jon on 01452 812209 or 07725 242570.

Jon.Close@keystonelaw.co.uk

Simon.hopwell@keystonelaw.co.uk

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