Manches has bolstered its resurgent property team with the hire of two partners, including the former head of Davenport Lyons’ team Graham Atkins. Atkins, who joined the firm on Monday (7 February), stepped down from a management role last year and had been at Davenport Lyons for 31 year. He is a retail property specialist and counts French Connection, Nicole Farhi and Swarovski among his clients. Manches has also hired Neil Benson, formerly a property litigation partner at Howard Kennedy. He became a partner at Howard Kennedy in 2003 and has worked with clients such as Clinton Cards, Dawnay Day and Freshwater Group. He joined in January.