DLA Piper scores hire of Leeds construction duo from Addleshaws

DLA Piper has hired two partners from Addleshaw Goddard, including the latter’s head of contentious construction.

Stephen Sly
Stephen Sly

Mark Hilton, who currently splits his time between Leeds and London, and Leeds-based Simon Palmer will both join DLA Piper as partners in its London and Sheffield offices respectively.

Both partners join DLA Piper’s real estate group as part of the construction and engineering practice, specialising in dispute resolution.

The duo joins from Addleshaws, where Hilton was head of contentious construction. Hilton and Palmer moved to the firm in 2005 from Squire Sanders legacy firm Hammonds (2 March 2005).

In a statement, DLA Piper international litigation and regulatory head Stephen Sly said: “Mark and Simon are strong and high-profile contentious construction lawyers with strong commercial acumen. It is great news for both our real estate and litigation and regulatory teams to have them on board. They have established strong reputations not only in the UK, but also the Middle East and Asia which are key markets.”

The hires come amid DLA Piper losing four real estate partners in Manchester to rival Irwin Mitchell (19 October 2012), including Manchester property head Anita Weightman.