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Hammonds has been hit by the news that it is to lose its fourth construction partner since the start of the year, but is making up for the loss with a lateral hire from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary.
London-based David Savage has handed in his resignation to join Charles Russell as the firm's head of construction later this year. Meanwhile, Richard Curl joins Hammonds from DLA Piper.
Savage, whose clients include Buro Happold, London Underground, HBOS and Hemingway Properties, said his departure was "entirely unrelated to recent publicity about the firm". He was referring both to news that Hammonds is cutting partner drawings by an average of 12 per cent and the three other construction losses announced so far this year.
He said: "For me, the opportunity to lead and manage a team is at the heart of the Charles Russell decision."
Curl's arrival will give Hammonds' PFI and PPP expertise a boost. He has been a partner at DLA Piper for 10 years and advises across a number of sectors.
Savage's move follows the January 2005 departures of construction partners James Bessey and Mark Robinson in Birmingham and Nigel Proctor in Manchester.