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Norton Rose has appointed London partner Donald Warnock as head of its construction and engineering practice following the retirement of longstanding group chief Christopher Hill.
Hill, a City-based real estate partner, left the firm last month after over 20 years in the practice and will not be joining another law firm.
He has been replaced by Warnock, a contentious and non-contentious construction specialist.
London real estate head David Sinclair said: “This is a long-planned move and Chris has been working closely with a number of our senior partners for some time to ensure its continued development.
“Donald Warnock will take over his practice. Donald does a mixture of contentious and non-contentious construction work, as did Chris. Donald will continue with the same strategic approach that sees us working currently on real estate and construction projects like the iconic Battersea Power Station.”
Hill added: “I’ve spent more than 20 years at Norton Rose and have hugely enjoyed my time here. I leave the practice in great shape and wish the team the very best.”
The change comes amid the exit of disputes partner Steve Abraham, another member of the construction and engineering practice, to join Baker & McKenzie in London (28 September 2012).