Boys & Maughan appoints new litigation department manager

 

Matt Champ has been promoted to litigation department manager at Thanet and Canterbury solicitors Boys & Maughan. He succeeds Paul Reeves who has stepped back from leading the firm’s Margate-based team as he approaches retirement.

Matt reports to senior partner Andrew Baker, who heads Boys & Maughan’s management team and continues to oversee the practice’s litigation, employment law and personal injury specialists.

Andrew Baker said, “Paul Reeves is a hard act to follow but we are confident Matt Champ will prove to be a highly capable successor. Paul has made an enormous contribution to our firm over the years and we are glad he is continuing to support clients and maintain part of his caseload.” 

Paul Reeves said, “It has been a privilege leading our team. Our specialists have had a significant impact on the smooth running of the business community and problem solving for local people over the years. Matt is hardworking and knowledgeable, and he provides an excellent service. I am confident that he will make a significant impact in his new role.”

Matt joined Boys & Maughan in 2015 and this is his fourth step up the career ladder in his time with the firm.

Matt Champ said, “This promotion is a major milestone in my career with Boys & Maughan and I am delighted to embrace the challenge. Paul’s commitment to his clients over the years is second to none and I have learnt a great deal from him. I’m hoping that my no-nonsense attitude and love of getting on with things, will help us further consolidate our litigation practice. I am also looking forward to the prospect of expanding our offering further into the county.”

Paul Reeves now works on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. He continues to be responsible for landlord and tenant work and has passed his other litigation responsibilities to colleagues.

Paul explains: “I am now focusing on landlord possession claims and acting for tenants. Increasing numbers of clients from in and around London are giving instructions but the majority continue to be from Thanet, Canterbury, Dover and Whitstable, my local practice area for the past 40 years.

“Lease extension matters typically involve a leaseholder with a flat in a block of four to six apartments who wants to sell, but can’t because their lease has less than 80 years remaining on it. The cost of extending a lease increases quite considerably once it has less than 80 years left to run. I deal with statutory lease renewals which are usually more generous to the tenant. Once you have owned a lease for two years you have a statutory right to apply for an extension.”

Paul was admitted as a solicitor in 1981 and joined Boys & Maughan in 1993.

“My role has become increasingly challenging over the years due to external influences,” adds Paul. “There were more local litigation solicitors in the past and problems have been compounded by court closures and under-investment in the legal system. Cases are too frequently adjourned at short notice and it commonly takes an hour to get through to the county court admin team on behalf of our clients. When there were difficulties in the past we would simply walk up the road and speak to a helpful member of staff in person.”

Boys & Maughan has 18 partners, with a mix of 10 female and eight male lawyers, based at its offices in Margate, Canterbury, Broadstairs, Birchington and Ramsgate.

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