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Wedlake Bell has scooped the head of Shadbolt & Co's London office. The hire of Joe Bellhouse is a coup for Wedlake Bell's construction team, which is headed by Suzanne Reeve
Bellhouse has brought his practice with him, including longstanding client Delta (UK) Land Developments.
He has experience in commercial property, infrastructure and PFI/public-private partnerships projects. Having trained at McKenna & Co (now CMS Cameron McKenna), Bellhouse became a partner at Norton Rose in 1997, before moving to construction firm Shadbolt in 1999.
Bellhouse said he enjoyed his time with the Reigate-based firm, but with the London office still quite small he wanted the chance to develop his practice at a firm with greater London-based property and finance expertise.
Wedlake Bell managing partner Julian Cuppage said: "It has become necessary to build up our construction team because we're acting for bigger and bigger developers and funders."
The hire comes as Wedlake Bell signs a deal that will see it move out of Covent Garden after 23 years and into new premises just off High Hol-born in the spring of 2004. The firm's turnover has risen to £14.8m from £14.2m, which would put it in at 96 in The Lawyer 100. Profits for distribution to equity partners was £5.268m. Profits per full equity partner, of which there are 23, were £230,000, with a spread of £160,000-£280,000.