DWF bulks up real estate with Eversheds team

DWF has recruited 13 lawyers, including five partners, from Eversheds’ Manchester and Newcastle offices in a boost to its property department.

Eversheds partners Gavin Jackson, Adam Heather and Adrian Stanley will join DWF’s 80-strong real estate team in Newcastle. Heather and Stanley will become Newcastle real estate head and Newcastle senior partner respectively.

In a separate move, Eversheds national head of affordable housing Mitch Brown and former head of affordable housing litigation Suzanne Gregson will take up similar roles in DWF’s Manchester office.

They join the firm’s existing housing team, which includes the social housing practice led by Richard Williams and Hugo Stephens brought over from Cobbetts earlier this year, creating a 12-partner team.

The lateral hires take the number of lawyers in DWF’s national real estate team to 218.

DWF has been growing rapidly with five acquisitions and several lateral hires over the past year. The most recent acquisition wasthe pre-pack purchase of Cobbetts in February (6 February 2013) which took place just over a year after the two firms called a halt to merger talks, citing uncertain market conditions (31 January 2012).

The firm incorporated Newcastle firm Crutes into its practice in January 2012 (25 November 2011), before bolstering its presence in Birmingham with a merger with Buller Jeffries in May 2012 (2 April 2012). It followed those moves by mergings with Scottish firms Biggart Baillie in July 2012 (7 July 2012) and Fishburns in January this year (18 January 2013).