Stephenson Harwood turns to Travers and Wragges for real estate hires

Stephenson Harwood has further bolstered its real estate offering with two lateral partner hires in the department.

Neil Murray
Neil Murray

Travers Smith partner Neil Murray has joined the real estate finance practice, while Wragge & Co partner Jonathon Wilkes is the latest addition to the general real estate group, taking the total partner headcount to 13.

Murray spent 11 years as head of Travers’ banking group and has experience of advising clients on project and acquisition finance transactions, securitisations and restructurings.

The move for Murray follows the capture of Jayesh Patel as partner from Denton Wilde Sapte in February.

Stephenson Harwood real estate finance chief Richard Light said: “Neil’s a highly respected figure. His expertise will give our practice a real boost.

“Coming on the back of Jayesh’s recent appointment, we now have one of the market’s most formidable teams.”

Wilkes, meanwhile, has joined the general real estate team as partner. A commercial development specialist, he became the youngest ever equity partner at Wragges when he was made up in 2008.

Head of real estate Marcel Haniff commented: “The real estate market’s beginning to pick up and all key indicators suggest steady capital growth and increased deal flow over the next few years. We’ve therefore looked to strengthen our investment capability and Jonathon’s expertise undoubtedly boosts this offering.”