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DJ Freeman has scooped Maxwell Batley's senior partner of 10 years, Michael Cassidy
The well-known property industry figure, who counts British Land and Land Securities among his key relationships, is a major hire for DJ Freeman. Cassidy will give a much-needed boost to the property department, which has lost significant chunks of work as a result of a series of partner losses in recent years. The firm has been looking for a big property name to help regain its market position for some time. Chief executive Laurence Harris said: "We're tremendously excited by Michael's decision to join us. He's already known to many of our clients and his breadth of experience and status in the City complements our growing property practice." Cassidy has numerous high-profile connections within industry. He is a non-executive director of British Land, the UK's largest property company, and of UBS Warburg; he also spent five years as the chairman of the Corporation of London's Policy and Resources Committee. Along with those posts, Cassidy is the current chairman of the Barbican Arts Centre and is soon to become the chairman of music industry company Askonas Holt. Cassidy has been instrumental in building relationships between Maxwell Batley and both British Land and Land Securities in the past year, adding to the firm's existing key relationship with Hermes. He was the client relationship partner for Land Securities, having known chief executive Ian Henderson for some time. Commenting on his decision to leave the firm, Cassidy said: "After many rewarding years building the practice at Maxwell Batley, I've decided to move on. I have long admired DJ Freeman's strong reputation in the property sector, its breadth of service and its excellent clients."