Linklaters plugs construction gap with DLA hire

Linklaters has re-hired a former trainee who had moved to DLA Piper to fill the gap in its construction practice.

Linklaters has hired Paul Wilson as a counsel and head of its construction practice in London. Wilson will join the firm from DLA Piper’s Edinburgh office, where he was an associate in the engineering and construction group, in November.

Earlier this month The Lawyer reported that Linklaters was on the hunt for a real estate partner and a construction lawyer (10 September 2012). Sources close to the firm said the news shows Linklaters’ plans to shrink its real estate group had gone too far, and that the department was struggling to support the firm’s corporate and finance practices. At the time The Lawyer went to press, there was no news whether Linklaters had hired a real estate partner.

Linklaters’ real estate department has shrunk considerably since the firm-wide restructuring in December 2011 when up to 10 per cent of partners faced the axe (8 December 2011).

Linklaters’ former head of construction, Huw Baker, left the firm earlier this year to join Lawrence Graham, along with fellow partner Julian Innes-Taylor (17 May 2012).

In a statement, Linklaters’ head of real estate said: “We’re very pleased that Paul is re-joining the team. As a senior construction lawyer, he will be a valuable addition to our practice, providing top end construction advice across our investment, development and financing client base.”

For more on Linklaters’ real estate practice see this week’s feature.