Northamptonshire Bespoke & Commercial Property Team goes from strength to strength

The Bespoke & Commercial Property Team at Franklins Solicitors LLP in Northampton is expanding with the recent appointment of Reece Chapman as a Trainee Solicitor into the department under the guidance of Associate Partner, Jo Pusey. Reece joined Franklins as a paralegal in 2016 and has quickly established himself as a very capable and reliable property lawyer. He will officially start as a Trainee Solicitor in January 2018.

The Northampton team itself is a relatively new one having been formed as recently as 2014 when an opportunity arose for Jo to move across from the Milton Keynes office to launch a brand new Bespoke & Commercial Property Department. Having grown up in Northamptonshire, Jo jumped at the chance of moving back to her old stomping ground where, working alongside Andrea Smith, Partner and Head of Business Services she has used her extensive knowledge of the local area to cement the foundations of a very busy and growing department. Jo and her team deal with an interesting and extremely varied caseload ranging from the more traditional Landlord and Tenant work such as negotiating the grant of new leases, lease renewals and advising on break notices to the more unusual one off cases such as the purchase of a car park or the variation of a right of way.

With over 15 years of property experience, Jo acts for a large portfolio of existing clients who appreciate her efficient and pragmatic approach to her work. Jo says, “Historically, all of our non-residential property work was dealt with out of our Milton Keynes office. Whilst we continued to successfully act for clients based throughout the UK and abroad, we found that the Northampton market was a little harder to get into without us having a physical presence in the town. Now that we are located in the town centre, it is very easy for us to visit clients on site throughout Northamptonshire or for them to reach us”.

With the opening of the new Northampton University “Waterside” Campus in September 2018 and the continued demand for affordable accommodation in the area, the team are regularly being asked to set up lease schemes for existing or new potential landlords and to deal with the subsequent sale of those properties. These can be purpose built apartments or existing conversions and is an area that Jo believes will continue to grow as well as being an area in which Jo’s vast experience is greatly appreciated by her clients.

Away from the office, Jo is an active member of the NODA award-winning Northampton Musical Theatre Company and is looking forward to supporting the company in their forthcoming production of The Wizard of Oz at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton during October half term.

If you would like to a discuss a Bespoke or Commercial Property issue or require further information about the different types of work that we undertake, please contact Jo Pusey, Associate Partner on 01604 828282, via email at, or visit our website at