Hill Dickinson has announced a series of key property team appointments to its Manchester office bringing the total headcount across the North West to 71. It follows a particularly successful year for the property team which has seen a 28% growth in turnover in the last twelve months and a move from tier 4 to tier 3 in Legal 500 rankings.
Respected property lawyer Darren Hamer has joined as a partner from DWF following the recent arrival of senior associate David Herbert who joined from Pinsent Masons.
Darren will be working with investors dealing with all their requirements across their real estate portfolios including sales and purchases, lettings and provision of advice on other management issues. David’s role will be helping to develop the team’s strong property occupier practice.
The team has also welcomed, Alistair Wallworth and Awais Allam as associates and Jon Pearson- Basudev who runs the newly created due diligence and post-completion teams. Aisha Goulbourne, Ciaran Rafferty and Laura Carroll have also been appointed to the due diligence, post completion and property finance teams as paralegals bringing the total count in Manchester to 18 with 53 people servicing the Liverpool property team.
Commenting on the rapid expansion of the team Manchester property head Jim Purves said: “We have recruited some exceptional individuals to our growing team who bring with them many years of industry experience, specialist legal property expertise and new business connections. Our approach is to create a positive circle which ensures we achieve exceptional client service and great results, deliver on-going efficiencies and create an enjoyable environment in which to work. If you get all of those factors right then growth occurs and we are certainly seeing this strategy deliver strong results.”
Hill Dickinson’s property team works with many of the UK’s leading businesses and has strong expertise in areas such as logistics (clients include DHL), development (clients include Peel) and retail (clients include Co-Op) and motor dealerships (clients include Lookers), providing a comprehensive range of property-related services including construction, property litigation, environment, transactional and planning matters.
The additions to the team will see Hill Dickinson’s due diligence team service both the Liverpool and London markets from October 2016.