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Trowers & Hamlins has expanded its national practice groups to include a dedicated public sector division in its Birmingham base.
The firm plans to relocate partner Amardeep Gill from London to Birmingham to head up the team there from 1 April.
Under senior partner Jennie Gubbins the firm adopted a strategy based around five groups – housing and regulatory, projects, commercial property, litigation and employment.
She took up the role in 2013 and reorganised the firm from departmental groups in the firm’s different offices to national practices. She also pulled together the various strands of its real estate group (12 July 2012).
The public sector group is a continuation of her strategy to focus work across outside London and comes as the firm scales back internationally.
It opened in Birmingham in 2011 to focus on the affordable housing sector and was led by managing partner Sara Bailey (20 June 2011). At the time other local firms expressed nervousness over overcrowding in the market with Wragge & Co, Bevan Brittan and Shoosmiths all already servicing public sector clients.
But Gubbins said Trowers’ regional base had been performing well and it was planning to transfer projects and construction partner Andrew Vickery to the Birmingham office to bolster its projects and construction practice.
The move is a marked contrast to its experience overseas. In 2014 the firm closed its Cairo office citing uncertainty over the long-term outlook for Egypt (3 January 2014).
Trowers also terminated its alliance in Riyadh in 2012 when its last associate left to join the firm’s Saudi Arabia associate firm Feras Alshawaf Law Firm (23 February 2012).
The transfer of the two partners and a solicitor from London to the Midlands increases the Birmingham office by 23 per cent.
Partner Gill specialises in advising local authorities on major transactions and projects, having worked on delivery models for Belfast City Council, the London Borough of Croydon and others.
Adding him to the Birmingham team creates a single group across the firm’s eight offices.
Senior partner Gubbins said: “Birmingham is an important base for us, and we have always been committed to growing our presence there as the needs of our clients evolve.
“Much of the firm’s work is spread across national teams located in our network of offices, and these moves will enable us to more efficiently and cost-effectively service clients directly from our Midlands base.”