Bellhouse has brought his practice with him, including longstanding client Delta (UK) Land Developments.
He has experience in commercial property, infrastructure and PFI/public-private partnerships projects. Having trained at McKenna & Co (now CMS Cameron McKenna), Bellhouse became a partner at Norton Rose in 1997, before moving to construction firm Shadbolt in 1999.
Bellhouse said he enjoyed his time with the Reigate-based firm, but with the London office still quite small he wanted the chance to develop his practice at a firm with greater London-based property and finance expertise.
Wedlake Bell managing partner Julian Cuppage said: “It has become necessary to build up our construction team because we’re acting for bigger and bigger developers and funders.”
The hire comes as Wedlake Bell signs a deal that will see it move out of Covent Garden after 23 years and into new premises just off High Hol-born in the spring of 2004.
The firm’s turnover has risen to £14.8m from £14.2m, which would put it in at 96 in The Lawyer 100. Profits for distribution to equity partners was £5.268m. Profits per full equity partner, of which there are 23, were £230,000, with a spread of £160,000-£280,000.