Russell-Cooke has enhanced its property practice with the hire of two senior associates, Clare Harman Clark and Rachel McKendrick.

Clare joins the commercial property team from Clifford Chance, where she trained and qualified in 2008. Specialising in commercial real estate, Clare has advised on numerous high-profile matters, including the redevelopment of Kings Cross Station and the financing of the Olympic Park Athlete's Village.

She brings a broad range of experience from freehold and leasehold acquisitions and divestments, through development and option agreements, security and portfolio analysis, to complex title investigations.

Clare is trustee of Newcomen Collet Foundation in Southwark.

Roger Ford, partner in the commercial property team, commented "the expertise and experience Clare brings to the firm will not only strengthen the offering of the commercial property team but also will enhance our high quality professional service to all clients and ensure that this will continue to be second to none".

Rachel joins the conveyancing team from TWM solicitors, where she led the enfranchisement team. Rachel's extensive experience includes advising both landlord and tenant clients on lease extension and collective enfranchisement claims under the Leasehold Reform Housing & Urban Development Act 1993, Tribunal and County Court applications and  non-contentious lease extensions and freehold acquisitions and disposals.

Rachel often delivers seminars for local estate agents and surveyors on the subject of statutory lease extension and collective enfranchisement claims, and is a contributor to the LNTV training programme.

Donall Murphy, partner in the conveyancing team, comments "we are delighted Rachel has joined the firm. She is vastly experienced and very client friendly; such attributes can only benefit our enfranchisement offering. Rachel's appointment is also indicative of our intentions to increase our profile in the enfranchisement market".