Lovells boosts property dept with new partners

Lovell White Durrant is continuing to bolster its commercial property department with a second injection of partner appointments.

Andrew Sanders, a partner in the property services department at DJ Freeman, and Dion Panambalana, property partner at Nabarro Nathanson, are joining after two other partners were recruited to the department earlier this year.

Nicholas Cheffings joined Lovells in January as head of property litigation, followed by Jonathan Kelly.

Robert Kidby, head of property at Lovell White Durrant, says the expansion is due to increased work in the UK and in Europe.

But he adds: “Making these appointments is a big thing. We will let things calm down before we make any other decisions.”

Kidby refuses to disclose which party approached which over the positions, but says: “You could say there was a beneficial collision of interests.”

Panambalana, who is leaving Nabarros after 12 years, says: “It was a difficult decision, but I thought, did I really want to stay in the same place for another 12 years?”

Sanders and Panambalana's arrival will give the commercial property department a 19-partner capacity across Lovells' international offices.

Sanders confirms he is joining Lovells but is reluctant to comment on his departure. “The details are not finalised at the moment,” he says.

He adds: “The firm has to be given a 12-month notice. That remains to be dealt with.”