Pinsents loses four construction partners to Reed Smith

Reed Smith is poised to take on four senior construction partners from Pinsent Masons, tripling its construction practice in the process.

Gordon Bell, Peter Cassidy, Keith Hartley and Vincent Rowan, who are all members of Pinsents’ projects and international construction group, are to relocate, The Lawyer understands.

The group are all part of the market-leading legacy Masons construction practice and specialise in contentious work, with a particular focus on projects overseas. Bell is head of the international arbitration practice.

Reed Smith currently has just two London-based construction partners – Richard Ceeney and Lynne Freeman.

Last month US firm Sidley Austin hired two Pinsents partners for its London insurance practice, including the head of Pinsents’ insurance group Martin Membery. He left for Sidley along with Matthew Griffith, a Pinsents partner since 2004 (12 March 2010).

Pinsents recently hired former Halliwells partner and head of real estate Mike Edge to run its Manchester property practice.

Both Pinsent Masons and Reed Smith refused to comment.