Bircham ramps up with Simmons raid

Bircham Dyson Bell

has moved to expand its burgeoning planning practice with a raid on Simmons & Simmons.

Planning partner John Qualtrough joins Bircham today (26 March) to work alongside partner Mark Challis and add weight to one of the UK’s largest dedicated planning practices.

Head of major projects Robbie Owen said: “We’re working on some of the largest infrastructure and regeneration projects in the country, and John’s arrival is testament to what we’ve achieved.”

In the past year the firm has been appointed to handle planning and real estate work on panels such as the London Development Authority and English Heritage.

Qualtrough has been a partner at Simmons since 1988. He had previously worked in the planning teams at the London Borough of Southwark and McKenna & Co (which subsequently merged to form CMS Cameron McKenna).

The expansion of the planning team has played a key role in the success of Bircham’s rated major projects group, which has scored roles on key London projects such as CrossRail.

Qualtrough said: “Bircham Dyson Bell’s increased profile in the market hasn’t gone unnoticed. This is a tremendous opportunity to be part of the growth of such a strong team.”