Taylor Joynson Garrett is taking on the head of construction from Lewis Silkin, which in turn is replacing her with a partner from Hammond Suddards Edge
Helen Garthwaite is leaving Lewis Silkin for Taylor Joynson and being replaced by Peter Morris, a partner from the London office of Hammonds. Garthwaite has been a partner at Lewis Silkin since 1996. She acts in all sectors of the construction and development industries, advising a range of corporations and institutions owning, financing, investing in, designing and insuring development and significant engineering projects. She said: "Taylor Joynson is acting for a variety of sectors that have natural synergies with my previous experience, including leisure, retail and development." Morris specialises in major construction projects, facilities management contracts and provider level contracts, PFI and dispute resolution. Around 80 per cent of his practice is non-contentious. He was a partner at Edge Ellison before it merged last year with Hammond Suddards. He said he came to the decision to move because he wanted to be in a smaller practice. "This is a great opportunity to move to head up a department with a good team working under me at a firm that's going to expand in London," he said. "Hammond Suddards Edge is obviously expanding very rapidly; it's a very large department with some nine partners in London, so this gives me more opportunity to grow and expand." Lewis Silkin's construction and engineering unit boasts four lawyers as well as the head partner, and Morris says he plans to double the size of that within a year.