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n If you have a business story, contact Chris Dixon, PO Box 20, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent, Blackpool

Solicitor Gareth Birch, of Poulton-le-Fylde, will be based at the Lancashire law firm’s Blackpool office.

The qualified solicitor, 30, grew up on the Fylde coast and attended Arnold School in Blackpool. He holds a degree in Engineering and a Masters of Science from the University of Liverpool, a Master of Laws degree from the University of Leeds and he finished his legal training at the College of Law in York.

He subsequently worked for a number of years at one of North Yorkshire’s largest law firms before returning to the Fylde coast.

The commercial property team recently appointed Jody Kite as construction and engineering specialist, and solicitor Lucy Blackburn.

Martin Long, partner at Napthens, said: “Napthens has a very strong commercial property offering, and with his background in engineering Gareth brings a unique perspective to the team.

“We are delighted to have Gareth on board and his appointment further strengthens our commercial services offering.”

* If you have a business story, contact Chris Dixon, PO Box 20, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent, Blackpool

Business Park, Blackpool FY4 2DP. Telephone (01253) 400888, ext 1772 or (01253) 361772 or e-mail chris.dixon@blackpoolgazette.co.uk