Partner brings Uxbridge firm £40m from former clients

An Uxbridge firm has brought in property deals worth £40m, because of its partner's connections with his former firm.

Partner David Silva joined Iliffes Booth Bennett from Frere Cholmeley Bischoff in September 1996 in the run up to the City firms merger with Eversheds.

He is also advising his former partner Christopher Digby-Bell, now a consultant at Frere Cholmeley spin-off firm Forsters. Digby-Bell is a director of venture capital company Palmer Capital partners, launched in October.

Silva says he won the clients from Frere Cholmeley after his move: “I previously acted for Wrenbridge at Frere Cholmeley. Frontier came about as a result of the connection I had with Wrenbridge.”

Silva says he also acts for property developers Turnstone Estates. But this was not a result of his Frere Cholmeley connections.

In addition to the £40m in deals concluded, Silva claims to have a further £100m worth of deals in the pipeline.

Silva heads up the Iliffes Booth Bennett development and construction team. He was made a partner in May and is on course to be made a full equity partner this May.