Defendant in Hammonds dispute joins Watson Burton

Former Hammonds partner David Jones, one of the listed defendants in the firm’s £3m dispute with 14 ex-partners, has joined Watson Burton’s construction team.

Jones has been appointed as a partner and will work predominantly from Watson Burton’s London office.

The former head of Hammonds construction and engineering practice is coming out of retirement after three years to take up his new role. While in retirement Jones acted as a board member of the Architects Registration Board and undertook legal workshops.

Jones said his decision to join Watson Burton came following the firm establishing an office in London.

“The chance to be part of a well-respected team and build on its first year in London is exciting and motivating,” said Jones.

Rob Langley, Watson Burton’s construction and engineering chief, added that Jones’ appointment brings strength to the London office.

Last June, Hammonds filed proceedings against 14 former partners, with Jones listed as the fifth defendant. A trial date has yet to be set.

Hammonds claims that the ex-partners owe the firm around £3m in overdrawings. In the writ, Jones’ share is listed as £378,589.55 by 23 March 2006.

Dismissing the issues with Jones’ previous firm, Langley said: “I’m delighted David has decided to join Watson Burton. He offers formidable experience, an outstanding track record and shrewd business acumen at an excellent time for Watson Burton.”

Hammonds declined to comment due to the ongoing legal action.