Farrers hires boost commercial property

Farrer & Co has moved to bolster its commercial property team with a pair of senior lateral partner hires, with a third partner also joining to boost its commercial ­disputes practice.

Robin Holmes will join the firm from Travers Smith’s property practice, where he was a partner for 25 years. Clive Lovatt has joined from Addleshaw Goddard, where he had ­previously headed the firm’s construction group.

Meanwhile, Simmons & Simmons partner Gavin Bacon has joined Farrers’ commercial litigation team as a partner.

Partner Adam Walker commented: “This is a ­conscious decision to take advantage of the current ­situation [in the market] and look around at what’s on offer.”

In addition to the new hires, Farrers has promoted five to its partnership and welcomed back family partner Veryan Exelby after a career break.