Halliwells has poached Boodle Hatfield's head of construction as the national heavyweight continues to boost its London real estate offering.
Karen Kirkham joins Halliwells' London office as a partner in its real estate team.
Kirkham said: "Halliwells has a very clear game plan; it's looking to add the same breadth and depth to the London market as it has achieved in its other offices."
The firm has further strengthened its London capability with the hire of senior associate Carole Joseph from Nabarro Nathanson.
Last month Halliwells revealed that it was on target to achieve a turnover of £42m for the first half of the financial year, with real estate, along with corporate and dispute resolution, contributing to the bulk of that figure.