DAC Beachcroft picks up two partners from Watson Burton

Watson Burton has lost another two partners, this time around to DAC Beachcroft in Newcastle.

Litigator Warren Kemp and transactional lawyer James Harrison joined DAC Beachcroft’s construction and engineering practice on 1 November.

The two join just months after Watson Burton construction and engineering chief Roddy Gordon left earlier this year to head DAC Beachcroft’s construction practice in Newcastle (29 April 2013).

The departures coincide with those of construction dispute resolution partner Mark Lawton who recently joined Keystone Law and George Parker-Fuller who specialises in acting for housebuilders and recently joined Gateley in Leeds.

Despite the other departures, Gordon described being joined by his former colleagues as a “happy happenstance” rather than a pre-meditated move. DAC Beachcroft construction head Michael Blackburne said the new arrivals, along with Gordon, would help the firm deliver “end-to-end service both for construction clients and their insurers and for our real estate clients”.

The three former Watson Burton partners are all under restrictive covenants and therefore unable to bring clients over with them until those expire. Gordon’s is due to expire in January, while Kemp and Harrison are restricted until April.

Meanwhile, the firm’s DAC Newcastle regional senior partner David Weatherburn said: “We are building a really interesting proposition here in Newcastle. While we aren’t proposing to be all things to all clients, we are assembling a cluster of leading teams with broad reach that can match anything available regionally and beyond. Bringing in James and Warren is further evidence of that and I anticipate further similar activity before the end of the financial year.”

According to Watson Burton’s website there are six partners in the construction and engineering team: Richard Palmer, Ann-Marie Knight, Sarah Wilson, David Spires, Andrew Poyner and Patrick Kemp who became a member of the partnership this month according to the firm’s LLP filings.