RENOWNED conveyancing solicitor Prayag Patel has joined Talbots Law to spearhead the firm’s move to a flagship new base at The Waterfront in Brierley Hill.

In his 18 years with Premier Property Lawyers, which formed part of the original MyHomeMove and, more recently, the Simplify Group, Prayag saw his role grow from newly qualified solicitor to head of conveyancing, taking responsibility for the Leicester and Newcastle sites and doubling the size of his team in five years at the helm.

He will now front Talbots Law’s national conveyancing department and new build teams, which will be based in a brand-new facility at The Waterfront.

A £400,000 investment, the new HQ was officially opened by Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, recently and will house all key management teams.

Prayag Patel said: “It’s an incredibly exciting time to be joining Talbots and what impressed me most is the ambition of the team to build on the already incredibly high volume and quality of service we offer.

“I believe my background in volume conveyancing positions me perfectly to lead this department into an exciting future and I’m thrilled to have a chance to play my part in it and emulate the success I’ve enjoyed in my previous role.”

Dave Hodgetts, CEO of Talbots Law, said: “Prayag is a high-profile addition and his success to date speaks for itself.

“Our conveyancing departments are renowned nationwide and, with him on board, we believe we can increase volume while maintaining the high standard of service that has made us such a popular choice for residential conveyancing across the country.

“People are our greatest asset and we’re delighted to have such an excellent lawyer and leader joining our senior team.”

Talbots was in the top 10 law firms in the UK for conveyancing last year by volume, with more than 13,000 conveyancing matters handled in 2021. It also won the British Conveyancing Award for New Build Team of the Year for 2022.

In the past 12 months, the company has also joined the Real Living Wage Foundation and become an Employee Ownership Trus, meaning staff now own 100 per cent of the shares in the business and have greater control over future growth.

Prayag’s addition also lends weight to Talbots’ “#Project100”, the company’s campaign to add 100 new people to the business in 2022.

Dave added: “Our decision to recruit a new head of conveyancing came in the wake of Keith Yates’ retirement following a prestigious 40-year career in residential property. He has been a fantastic servant and has overseen the significant growth of the conveyancing department for the last two decades.

“The new HQ is a great facility for our staff and gives us a superb location to continue our growth in the Midlands.”

Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said he enjoyed visiting and opening the “fantastic new facility” at The Waterfront and he added: “I’m sure the team at Talbots Law are excited to move in.

“I commend Talbots on their impressive nationwide growth driven by their ambition, hard work and can-do positive spirit – all defining characteristics of our vibrant West Midlands business community.

“I’m pleased to see the jobs they are creating, the awards they are winning and the flag they are flying for our region.”