Eversheds has taken on Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) planning partner Stephen Webb as the national giant aims to ramp up its planning offering.
The move leaves DWS with three planning partners – David Cox and Emma White, both promoted this year, and head Stephen Ashworth.
The hire is key to Eversheds’ strategy of increasing its planning department and it gives the firm its third London-based planning partner alongside the highly rated Paul Winter and planning head Paul Wootton. Webb, who was made partner last year, had been with DWS since 1997. He joined after nine years working for Luton and Surrey councils as a town planner.
Eversheds London real estate head William Naunton said: “Planning is at the heart of our real estate practice and Stephen will be a valuable addition to our highly regarded planning team.
“We have ambitious plans for the continued growth of real estate and exceptional talent like Stephen’s will help us achieve them.”
Webb, who described his time at DWS as “brilliant”, said: “Eversheds offers me an exciting career progression step.”
A DWS spokesman said: “We have a market-leading planning team which is involved in some major projects and, with two new partners and a string of appointments and promotions, has the talent in place to maintain its momentum.”