Stonegate appoints Director of Legal Ops

Key pub group, Stonegate has appointed James Richards as Director of Legal Operations to 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 & Co, in the role of Head of Legal & Compliance and Code Compliance Officer for Punch Pubs & Co.

A legally qualified RICS chartered surveyor as well as an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Richards experience in dealing with Landlord & Tenant, Managed Services Agreements, Agreement strategy, Legal and Compliance matters is well established.

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.