Stonegate Group has announced it has appointed James Richards as director of legal operations.
He will focus on legal and estate transactions as well as taking responsibility as code compliance officer under the pubs code across the Stonegate Group Pub partners business.
Richards brings a wealth of experience having worked in the industry for circa 16 years with Spirit Group and more latterly with Punch Pubs and Co, in the role of head of legal and compliance and code compliance officer.
A legally qualified RICS chartered surveyor as well as an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he has experience in dealing with landlord and tenant, managed services agreements, agreement strategy, and legal and compliance matters.
Prior to joining Stonegate, Richards held the position of chairman on the BBPA Estates Panel working with the industry across matters covering insurance, licensing, rating and wider estates management.