Cobbetts has suffered a blow to its social housing practice with the loss of partner Mike Gaskell to the Manchester office of Trowers & Hamlins.
Gaskell joined Trowers two weeks ago (12 June) after eight years as a partner at Cobbetts, where he helped establish the firm’s social housing team.
His practice sees him advising local authorities and social landlords on a variety of housing issues, including the establishment of new housing projects and stock transfers.
Gaskell is also the chair of the Trafford Housing Trust, an independent company in Greater Manchester.
Gaskell said Trowers’ reputation in the field had attracted him to the firm, adding: “Given that I’ve dedicated my career to social housing, this is about the biggest job I could go for.”
Trowers’ Manchester office focuses almost exclusively on social housing, and Gaskell becomes its seventh partner.