Rowe & Maw boosts property department

Rowe & Maw has continued its drive to grow its property strength with the hire of ex-Ashurst Morris Crisp partner Charles Leach.

Formerly an equity partner at Ashursts, Leach left last summer after 13 years. He decided to take a break before making his next move.

Rowe & Maw head of property Jeremy Clay says that the firm began talking to Leach shortly before his departure from Ashursts and continued to do so afterwards until a package was agreed. He joins as a partner.

Clay says: “Charles is here to develop our property work in the public sector and projects area. He’ll be working with the existing property group client base, developing his own client base and working with our own public law group, which is recognised as one of the leaders in its field.”

The public law group is led by highly-regarded partners Tony Child and Anna Forge, who joined from Berwin Leighton in 1999.

Leach developed his reputation in the public sector acting for the London Docklands Development Corporation. He has since acted for Docklands Light Railway and Union Railways Property, as well as in the more general property sector for Reuters, Laser Richmont and Stockbourne.

Leach was among a flurry of departures to hit Ashursts’ property department last year, which included partner Guy Wheatcroft and 11 assistants.