Blackfinch Group

Blackfinch Property expands its legal capabilities with hire of new Legal Counsel

Jemma Regan-Cummins joins from YTL group

In line with its continued growth, Blackfinch Group has expanded its legal team with Jemma Regan-Cummins joining as Legal Counsel. Jemma joins the team after spending three years at Wessex Water, part of YTL Group.

Jemma’s extensive experience in property construction law is expected to greatly enhance Blackfinch Property’s in-house legal team, helping to advise on legal construction matters including JCT contracts, collateral warranties, sub-contracts and consultants ‘appointments. This may also help Blackfinch’s borrowers in their own negotiations with main contractors and speed up transaction time, reducing the need to rely on external advisors. Jemma will increase the capacity of an in-house legal team of six, which serves the whole of Blackfinch Group and includes a finance lawyer and a property lawyer.

Jemma has 10 years’ experience in construction law and qualified as a Solicitor after studying law at The College of Law, London and BPP Law School. Before joining Wessex Water via YTL Group, Jemma was a solicitor for Capita’s Real Estate and Infrastructure function. She has also held Senior Associate and Associate Construction Lawyer roles in private practice. Jemma studied Politics at Newcastle University.

David Higson, Investment Director at Blackfinch Property, said: “We’ve gained considerable traction with commercial property developers in recent years thanks to the outstanding contribution offered by our in-house legal team. Our in-house legal team is one of our core differentiators in a very crowded development finance market. Jemma joining gives the team a further competitive advantage and reflects our growth and continued commitment to customer service excellence.

Hamish Masson, Head of Legal at Blackfinch, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Jemma to the team. Her skills and expertise in construction law and private practice is exactly what we need to develop and enhance our in-house legal offering to clients. Bringing this function in-house may also help Blackfinch borrowers as it will speed up transaction times and reduce legal costs, while giving them the confidence that we can provide a best in class, all-inclusive legal service.

Commenting on her new role, Jemma said: “I am delighted to be joining the legal team at Blackfinch and look forward to supporting the business as it continues to grow.

Jemma’s appointment follows the recent hire of Laith Badar, who joined Blackfinch as a paralegal after working in the Finance & Commercial Department of law firm Walker Morris.