Pinsents property partner defects to BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Pinsent Masons property partner Andrew Yates as joint head of regeneration and public sector.

He will co-head the practice alongside Lesley-Anne Avis. Yates specialises in property development and ­funding, including commercial property work and secured lending, leisure and retail premises, institutional purchases, joint ­ventures and property insolvency.

Yates has been at Pinsents since 1994, having trained at Slaughter and May, and was part of the Pinsents team that scooped second place in the Real Estate Team of the Year category at The Lawyer Awards 2008.