DLA Piper has added two partners and two associates from RPC to its real estate practice, including head of non-contentious construction and projects Stephen Malley.
Malley has been at RPC for eight years, specialising in development and development finance. His leaving date is yet to be confirmed.
The rest of the group started at DLA on Monday (14 July), including property development lawyer Jonathan Northey who was an associate at RPC but joined DLA at a partner. The two associates are Peter Lowe and Gareth Williams.
Malley’s position at RPC has been filled by Mark Lynch who has been internally promoted to the become the firm’s head of transactional construction.
The overall contentious and transactional (non-insurance) construction team will continue to be led by Robert Hogarth.
DLA’s latest real estate lateral hires follow the addition of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) real estate trio Richard Hopkinson-Woolley, Laurence Rogers and Neville Wright earlier this year (28 February 2014).
There have been moves both in and out of the real estate team since Ian Brierley was named UK real estate head in October 2013, just two years after Simon Cookson was brought into the role from Ashurst (11 December 2013).