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Irwin Mitchell's national head of construction David Kilvington is leaving the firm to set up a niche construction practice in Leeds
He will be joined by Jonathan Hawkswell, who is departing Pinsent Curtis Biddle, where he was a partner (The Lawyer, 15 April).
Kilvington and Hawkswell have built up a wealth of construction law experience over the years. They were both partners in the construction department at DLA up until five years ago. Hawkswell left to join Pinsents' Leeds office and Kilvington was the first partner to leave Berrymans Lace Mawer's construction team when he joined Irwin Mitchell last year (The Lawyer, 30 April 2001).
At Irwin Mitchell, Kilvington built up the firm's contentious and non-contentious practice, acting for developers, contractors and subcontractors. His move means that only three partners in the firm's construction team in Yorkshire will remain.
The new practice - the Hawkswell Kilvington Partnership - will be set up as a limited liability partnership and will concentrate on construction and engineering-related work.
It is expected that the partnership will continue to refer work to both Pinsents and Irwin Mitchell once it has been established.