DLA Piper hires four construction lawyers from RPC

DLA Piper has added two partners and two associates from RPC to its real estate practice, including head of non-contentious construction and projects Stephen Malley.

Malley has been at RPC for eight years, specialising in development and development finance. His leaving date is yet to be confirmed.

The rest of the group started at DLA on Monday (14 July), including property development lawyer Jonathan Northey who was an associate at RPC but joined DLA at a partner. The two associates are Peter Lowe and Gareth Williams.

Malley’s position at RPC has been filled by Mark Lynch who has been internally promoted to the become the firm’s head of transactional construction.

The overall contentious and transactional (non-insurance) construction team will continue to be led by Robert Hogarth.

DLA’s latest real estate lateral hires follow the addition of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) real estate trio Richard Hopkinson-Woolley, Laurence Rogers and Neville Wright earlier this year (28 February 2014).

There have been moves both in and out of the real estate team since Ian Brierley was named UK real estate head in October 2013, just two years after Simon Cookson was brought into the role from Ashurst (11 December 2013).

Since then as well as welcoming several laterals, the firm has seen the departures of partner Gary Paddison and associate Rachel Orton (23 December 2013) to Squire Sanders.

That came just weeks after the former global co-chair of DLA Piper’s hospitality and leisure team, a group within its real estate practice, Karen Friebe left for BLP (13 November 2013).

Earlier in 2013 DLA Piper’s Manchester real estate group lost four commercial property partners to Irwin Mitchell along with a team of 10 lawyers and staff (16 January 2013).