Masons poaches PFI partner

Masons' aggressive hiring spree continued this week with the defection of Addleshaw Booth & Co's head of construction Huw Baker to the firm's Manchester office. Baker is the fifth new construction or PFI partner at Masons in the last five months.

In April, the firm hired two PFI partners from Bevan Ashford – Iain Fairbairn and Cathryn Vickers – to set up an office in Bristol. The firm was then involved in a battle for the rest of Fairbairn and Vickers' team, but the associates and assistants decided to stay at Bevan Ashford.

In May, Masons opened an office in Glasgow after taking two leading construction partners and two assistants from McGrigor Donald and Dundas & Wilson.

The arrival of Baker brings the total number of partners in the firm's Manchester office to 10. The 77-partner firm now has the largest construction department of any firm in the UK, with 36 partners and 81 other specialist lawyers.

Baker moved from Booth & Co to Addleshaws in 1993 with a brief to build up a construction practice, four years before the two firms merged.

Commenting on his move, Baker said: “I am looking forward to being a big fish in a bigger pond.”