Hammonds adds lucky 13 to the partnership

Hammonds has hired two new partners and promoted 11 associates to its partnership.

Mark Fraser, a partner and head of the regional construction arbitration and insurance practice at Asian giant Johnson Stokes & Master, joins Hammonds’ built environment group, which encompasses construction, property, PFI and planning.

He is relocating to the UK after having spent the past six years in Johnson’s Bangkok office, where he specialised in contentious and non-contentious construction law.

Fraser has been chair of, and legal adviser to, the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand since 2003 and is a director of the Board of Trade of Thailand and a member of the Thai Commercial Arbitration Committee.

Also joining the firm is PFI partner Jane Staveley from Beachcroft in London, who specialises in housing and health PFI.

Hammonds’ built environment group head Paul Groobey said: “Jane has an incredibly strong track record in PFI work, which will add depth to the firm’s current capability.

“In terms of the transferability of Mark’s skill set, we’re enthusiastic about being able to tap in to the work he’s been doing in the application of English law in the Far East.

“During construction disputes in Thailand, most of the time they apply English law in resolving many of the issues they face, as there are usually very few local laws in place.”

Hammonds has also promoted 11 associates to the partnership, as first reported on www.thelawyer.com (10 April).

Four of the new partners, who will be promoted on 1 May 2007, are in the corporate team, with two each in construction, employment and IP, and one in property.

The firm’s London and Leeds offices see four new partners, Manchester one and Munich two.