Paul Hastings raids City firms in real estate push

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker is making good its promise to go full-service in the London real estate market. This month the firm is launching capabilities in environmental, construction and property litigation.

As reported on (22 October), the firm is taking on Jones Day Gouldens head of real estate and environmental Linda Fletcher to launch the firm’s environmental practice.

Fletcher joined Gouldens in 1998 from Reynolds Porter Chamberlain. She has also worked in-house at Marks & Spencer and Swedish paper and packaging company SCA Corporate. She brings with her associate Emma Bucknall, who has a more general real estate focus.

The firm has also hired Linklaters senior associate Donna Goldsworth for real estate litigation and insolvency and Hammonds associate Katie Graham to give the firm a construction and engineering capability.

“After [real estate partner] Jeff Bailey’s arrival, we made it our goal to become full-service in the UK as quickly as possible, and now we’re really there,” said real estate partner Mark Eagan.

The firm is still planning to make further hires in London, particularly in the area of senior lending and securitisation. It is also looking at possibilities on the Continent.

“As a firm, we’re taking a long look at Europe,” Eagan commented. The firm is understood to have been in talks with French firm Moquet Borde & Associés.