Real Estate and Infrastructure

DLA lures real estate partner from Dentons

Dentons real estate partner Bonnie Calnan is set to move to DLA Piper after just two years, The Lawyer can reveal. Calnan moved to Dentons from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) in 2019, hot on the tracks of fellow BCLP-lifer Deepa Deb. Deb was appointed head of UK real estate at Dentons last March. Calnan […]


Addleshaws hires Irwin Mitchell’s ex-construction head

Addleshaw Goddard has strengthened its construction capability with the hire of Irwin Mitchell’s former City practice head. Gordon Anderson moves across from Irwin Mitchell, which he joined in 2016 to lead its construction, engineering and infrastructure practice in London. He had previously been a senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills, from 2011 to 2016, and […]


BCLP and Gowling lead on sale of BT’s new HQ

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and Gowling WLG have acted on the £429m acquisition of BT’s new headquarters by Union Investments. German investor Union Investments was advised by BCLP real estate partners Kieran Saunders and Damian Fleming. Saunders leads the firm’s funds and investment management group while Fleming is head of its Manchester office. Gowling […]

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Historic England to whittle down panel

Historic England is looking to shrink its panel down to four firms as part of its latest review. The public body, which cares for England’s historic environment is sourcing, ideally, a maximum of four firms for its new £2m panel. In 2017, Historic England tripled the size of its panel to ten firms including Womble Bond […]


Gateley expands UK footprint with Newcastle opening

Gateley has opened a new office in Newcastle, which will be spearheaded by a partner from Ward Hadaway. The new base in the North East represents the listed firm’s 11th UK office, with new partner Helen O’Neill joining office head George Parker-Fuller and associate Emma Taylor. Gateley’s Newcastle offering will be focused on residential development. […]

Arup appoints new legal chief

Architecture and design engineering business Arup has recruited a new general counsel as its current legal head steps down after eight years in the role. Margot Day joins from engineering consultancy Buro Happold, succeeding Clare Marshall as GC. Marshall has been at Arup nearly 20 years, and GC since 2013. Marshall is now launching her […]

Squires strikes for five City hires

Squire Patton Boggs (SPB) has brought in a Paul Hastings lawyer to kickstart a City funds practice, while also replenishing its real estate practice with a Gowling WLG team. The practice will focus on real estate funds, private equity funds and pensions funds. Paul Hastings associate Steven Ward is joining as partner, having first arrived […]


Mayer Brown bolsters real estate team with Goodwin partner

Mayer Brown is taking on a partner from Goodwin Procter to beef up its City real estate practice. The firm has taken Joe Conder from its US rival, who will join in June after almost nine years at Goodwin. Conder focuses on aspects of commercial real estate transactions including structured sales and purchases of high […]


Dentons overhauls real estate group with City pay cuts

Dentons has restructured its London real estate team, with around 20 lawyers now working remotely at between 65 to 90 per cent of City pay. The restructuring affects Dentons’ core City real estate team, which is made up of 12 partners. Eight partners and over 10 associates within the firm’s real estate practice will now […]


A2 Dominion appoints seven firms to inaugural panel

Housing developer A2Dominion has assembled its first legal panel with seven firms scoring a place. The panel is divided into seven lots made up of: corporate governance; housing management; general property; development reconstruction and regeneration; treasury and finance; employment; procurement, data protection, health and safety. Devonshires has been appointed to all seven lots, Capsticks to […]

WFW ventures into Sydney as Withers exits

Watson Farley & Williams has opened an office in Sydney on the back of a team hire from Withers’ Sydney and Singapore offices. WFW has expanded its global footprint by opening an office in Sydney, its first base in Australia. The new office will be headed by corporate partner Robert Williams, who was previously Withers’ […]


Taylor Wessing recruits from Greenberg in second team hire of 2021

Taylor Wessing has brought in a real estate team from Greenberg Traurig, just months after the arrival of an 11-strong private wealth group from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. In March, the firm will beef up the structured component of its real estate sector group with the hire of a four-lawyer team led by partner Michael […]