Stonegate Group has appointed James Richards as its director of legal operations to take responsibility for estate transactions and act as code compliance officer under the Pubs Code.
Before joining Stonegate, Richards was chair of the British Beer and Pub Association Estates Panel, working with the industry on matters from insurance, licensing, rating to wider estates management.
He has extensive industry experience, having worked for about 16 years with Spirit Group, and latterly with Punch Pubs as its head of legal & compliance and code compliance officer.
He is a legally qualified RICS chartered surveyor as well as an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and he has an established track record in dealing with landlord and tenant, managed services agreements, agreement strategy, and legal and compliance matters.
Originally formed in 2010 with 333 public houses, Stonegate Group is now the largest pub company in the UK
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