Pinsent Masons in Birmingham has scooped a partner and an associate from its regional rivals in a bid to build up its construction team to deal with an increase in work in the sector.
Former HBJ Gateley Wareing partner Nigel Blundell will lead Pinsents' UK transactional construction team, while senior associate Anthony Bradley, who joins from Freeth Cartwright in Nottingham, will handle contentious work.
Pinsents UK construction and engineering head Andrew Hibbert said: "Birmingham was somewhere we thought the market needed a greater capability, hence the recruitment drive. We've largely followed demand from our contractor as well as owner clients."
After bedding down the 2004 merger between Pinsents and construction specialist Masons, which already boasted a prominent team in Birmingham, the construction practice will focus on its national practice, said Hibbert.
Blundell said he was looking forward to being part of a national practice with Pinsents' reputation for transactional work.
Hibbert said the office works on anything from PFI to Building Schools for the Future, as well as conventionally procured projects.
The Birmingham construction team now has three partners, two senior associates and seven assistants.