Womble Bond Dickinson has strengthened its commercial property offering with the appointment of Anna Larbi, who joins the firm as a legal director. Anna will be based in Southampton and work in the firm’s Operational Property team within the Core Real Estate Team.

Joining from Blake Morgan, Anna brings more than 20 years of experience to WBD, initially qualifying in 1999. During her time at Blake Morgan, Anna worked across all aspects of commercial property work with particular emphasis on landlord and tenant work in the retail sector, with notable clients including a high street bank and national coffee retailer.

Anna also worked with a number of charities and charitable organisations, assisting them with the acquisition of retail property and acquisition/disposal of their property investment holdings.

Commenting on her appointment, Anna said: “I am delighted to be joining the Womble Bond Dickinson team. WBD has an impressive client portfolio and amazing retail offering which presents many opportunities to get involved in exciting and high-profile projects across the commercial property sector. I look forward to bringing my experience and strong track record to the firm and to develop WBD’s commercial property offering further across the UK.”

Alistair Walton, partner at WBD, added: “We are delighted to welcome Anna to the team in Southampton. Anna’s extensive industry experience and expertise will bolster WBD’s existing commercial property offering.”

Ranking in the UK’s top 20 law firms, WBD has a strong focus advising financial institutions with a client portfolio that includes some of the largest banks, fintechs and other organisations in the sector. As a transatlantic law firm with 19 offices in the US and seven in the UK, including London, WBD is able to provide the knowledge, experience and legal expertise to help clients balance their commercial and regulatory needs on a national and international scale.