Howes Percival has expanded its recently-opened Cambridge office with the acquisition of Taylor Vinters’ local real estate team, including four partners.

Partners Steven Beach, Michaela Henson, Simon Murphy and Amy Richardson will transfer to Howes Percival, along with five associates and solicitors and four other members of staff in a mututally-agreed move.

The transfer follows Howes Percival’s launch in Cambridge earlier this year with the hire of real estate partner Jonathan Greenhalgh from Birketts.

Taylor Vinters will retain nine commercial real estate lawyers to work with its 10-strong private real estate team to advise businesses and charities. The move is part of the firm’s refocus on its technology, investment and entrepreneurial wealth clients.

Managing partner Ed Turner said in a statement: “Over the past 18 months, we have been repositioning Taylor Vinters to take advantage of the burgeoning demand we see from clients operating in innovative, fast-paced industries; ambitious entrepreneurs whose ideas and demands aren’t constrained by geography. The transfer of the regional real estate team reflects our commitment to a narrower business focus – on technology, investment and entrepreneurial wealth clients – but one which is broader in business scope and reach.”

He thanked the team for its contribution to the firm.

Howes Percival chairman Tessa Haskey said the team fitted well with the firm’s existing capabilities in Cambridge and would enable it to offer a full-service commercial property proposition for landowners and developers.

Earlier this year Howes Percival appointed former Eversheds partner Paul Wootton as head of its planning division in Norwich.