DLA Piper’s former joint global head of real estate David Taylor is leaving the firm to join Pinsent Masons as a senior consultant.
Taylor, whose clients include British Land, Burberry and the Petchey Group of Companies, will be tasked with helping Pinsents raise its profile in the international real estate market.
The UK firm has recently been on a hiring spree with the explicit goal of positioning its real estate group among the leaders in the market. Recent hires include Mike Edge, the head of property from collapsed firm Halliwells, and fellow Halliwells partner Rachel Pitman in August 2010; Iain Gilbey, head of planning at Shoosmiths, in January 2011; and Jim Purves, property head at Brabners, who is due to join in May. Taylor began his career at Berwin Leighton Paisner, where he was head of property before leaving in 2000 to join Herbert Smith as a senior consultant.
Four years later he joined DLA Piper, stepping down as joint head of real estate in December 2008 when he returned to full-time fee-earning.
“Pinsents has one of the world’s leading construction practices as well as strong groups in planning, environment, infrastructure and energy,” said Taylor. “The aim is for us to develop the real estate practice significantly by linking with these areas.”
Pinsents property head Adrian Barlow said: “David’s one of the most high-profile figures in the legal property sector. His appointment underlines our ambition to continue developing the team into one of the best in the market.”