Our Team

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Emma Nawaz

Managing Director

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Emma Nawaz

Managing Director

emma@blackstonesolicitorsltd.co.uk

Emma Nawaz of Blackstone Solicitors Limited has a wealth of legal experience specialising in the fields of commercial and property litigation. Emma represents local, national and international clients, many of whom have been clients since the beginning of her career. Emma is known as a tenacious and pragmatic lawyer.

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Michelle Rothburn

Commercial Property

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Michelle joined Blackstone Solicitors as a Commercial Property Partner in June 2016. In early 2019 she reduced her fee-earning role to prioritise mentoring and auditing staff across the firm and to increase the firm’s focus on business development.

Michelle qualified in 1988 and has spent all of her professional life practising commercial property. She has extensive knowledge and a strong reputation for speed and efficiency which benefits both clients and colleagues alike.

Michelle’s no nonsense approach and departure from the ‘traditional way’ that legal firms tend to act continues to be well received by clients. She continues to advise clients who she first represented upon qualification which is a clear testament to her ability and the quality of service that she provides. Michelle’s time management skills and lateral thinking enables her to take a commercial and realistic approach to her transactions.

Michelle enjoys fine dining, cooking, her family and all things blue – Manchester City!

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Lincoln Darlington

Partner/Head of Commercial Property

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Lincoln Darlington

Partner/Head of Commercial Property

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Jabbar Khawar

Partner/Head of Corporate and Commercial

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Jabbar Khawar

Partner/Head of Corporate and Commercial

jabbar.khawar@blackstonesolicitorsltd.co.uk

Jabbar is our corporate and commercial partner advising businesses on a wide variety of matters including company law matters, business sales and acquisitions and commercial contracts and agreements. Jabbar can also advise on international trade agreements including Iran related trade contracts.

Jabbar deals with all types of business clients from small start-up businesses to medium and large corporate enterprises across a wide spectrum of markets.  Jabbar has close to 20 years of experience in his field and will always endeavour to give constructive commercial advice designed to achieve desired solutions for the client.

Outside of work, Jabbar enjoys playing golf and squash and is also currently trying his hand at property renovation.

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Howard Cornes

Head of Construction Law

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Howard Cornes

Head of Construction Law

Howard originally qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Builder and Construction Manager and spent 22 years in the industry working for both contractors and clients before re-qualifying as a solicitor in 1999.

Since then he has amassed 20 years’ experience specialising in contentious and non-contentious Construction and Engineering work, in relation to both construction and engineering contracts, including process chemical engineering. During that time Howard has conducted in excess of 200 adjudications on behalf of employers, contractors, sub-contractors and construction professionals and has seminal reported case wins at first instance and more particularly in both the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords. Howard also has extensive non-contentious experience in drafting construction contracts, professional appointments, warranties and security documentation.

In his spare time Howard enjoys golf, the gym, cycling and motorsport.

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Georgina Kenny

Head of Litigation

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Georgina Kenny

Head of Litigation

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Sara Hughes

Head of Residential Property

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Sara Hughes

Head of Residential Conveyancing

sara.hughes@blackstonesolicitorsltd.co.uk

Sara joined the Blackstone team in 2020 as head of residential conveyancing. Qualifying in 2001, she has practised exclusively in residential conveyancing throughout her career.

Sara is experienced in all areas of conveyancing including leasehold, new build properties, unregistered land and shared equity to include Government Help to Buy initiatives. Sara prides herself on providing excellent customer service alongside her legal expertise.

She is also CIPD qualified and as well as mentoring her own team also teaches the CILEX Level 6 conveyancing module at a local college.

Sara lives in Hale and outside of work she enjoys spending time with her young family, eating out and going to the theatre.

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Gareth Morgan

Head of Private Client

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Gareth Morgan

Head of Private Client

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Gail Angus

Office Manager/PA to Managing Director

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Gail Angus

Office Manager/PA to Managing Director

Gail is the Office Manager/PA to the Managing Director. Gail has 25 years of HR experience in the legal sector, she has been responsible for implementing new styles and systems of working within various different industries including the legal sector and the NHS. Gail has been very involved in staff engagement programmes promoting staff health and wellbeing. Gail has also been involved in substantial office moves and refurbishments. Gail is also responsible for supporting the recruitment process here at Blackstone.

Gail likes cooking and spending time with the family, walking and socialising.