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Linklaters is set to shift its UK construction department into real estate and projects as the firm continues to refocus on core, high-end clients
The firm has confirmed that three out of the four partners in construction will become part of the real estate group. The remaining construction partner Simon Burch will be subsumed into the projects department. Linklaters' managing partner Tony Angel said that while the move was part of the firm's renewed spotlight on top clients, the plans for construction were a natural progression. The firm's construction partners have always worked closely with real estate or projects, especially since this area saw a surge in PFI activity. It is understood that a couple of real estate partners are nearing retirement age, while partner Xavier Hunter is moving to the firm's Moscow office to capitalise on the growing surge in property work in Central and Eastern Europe.