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Ward Hadaway has raided Eversheds for a number of new appointments to boost its construction and property departments.
The North East firm has hired two Eversheds partners, an assistant and three property support staff. Construction partner Jonathan Marshall and property partner Roger Nankervis have both moved from Eversheds' Newcastle office to join Ward Hadaway in Newcastle. Marshall becomes Ward Hadaway's third construction partner. He has experience of both contentious and non-contentious construction matters. Marshall said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for me. It's a promotion in the sense that I'm heading a unit." He asserted that Ward Hadaway was well placed to weather any regional economic fluctuations and said that the firm was concentrating on its regional base and would grow with the region. He has brought some clients with him to Ward Hadaway, but would not disclose names. Marshall started work at the firm on 5 November. He said: "I already have a full desk, ranging from dispute work, a PFI project and some non-contentious development work." Nankervis had been a partner at Eversheds for 12 years. His practice concentrates on property development work. He will be joined at Ward Hadaway by plot sales executive Ann Wardle and plot sales assistants Helen Fidler and Elaine Bains. The non-legal recruits will handle high-volume plot sales work on behalf of housebuilders. Eversheds assistant Andrew Talbot has joined former colleague Paul Christian in Ward Hadaway's corporate finance team. Christian left Eversheds earlier this year. Another new recruit to the commercial department is assistant Andrew Talbot, who has moved from Bowcock Cuerden in Cheshire. Managing partner Jamie Martin said: "I'm delighted to welcome everyone on board at a particularly exciting time for Ward Hadaway. These are very significant appointments for the firm, giving additional strength to our commercial and property teams."