Dundas partner joins Payne Hicks Beach in further construction push

Payne Hicks Beach (PHB) has hired Dundas & Wilson partner Carl Asser as part of the Lincoln’s Inn firm’s construction push follow its practice launch earlier this year.

Peter Black Payne Hicks Beach
Peter Black

Asser’s exit from the Scottish firm’s London office emerged in March and came alongside a string of City exits including former managing partner candidate Colin Massie (12 March 2013).

Asser, a non-contentious construction specialist, will join PHB as a partner alongside former Berrymans Lace Mawersenior partner Paul Taylor and ex-Berrymans partner Diana Hird, who both joined as consultants in the construction practice in January to launch the group.

Last month it also brought on board Morgan Cole construction partner Andrew Campbell, who focuses on disputes, while Fenwick Elliott partner Julian Critchlow joined PHB earlier this year (14 January 2013).

The firm currently has four real estate partners in addition to the recently recruited construction team. Before the launch it referred construction matters to Critchlow at his former firm.

Among Critchlow’s instructions from other sources was a dispute related to Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Dubai office, in which Dewey partner Peter Gray hired Critchlow for $180,000 claim against the defunct US firm (14 June 2012).

PHB managing partner and property head Peter Black said the firm was aiming to recruit further construction lawyers, commenting: “We decided that we’d build what we’re hoping is going to be a leading construction law team and will also complement the property side of the practice.”