Pinsent Masons has bolstered its real estate team in Birmingham with the recruitment of seven solicitors.
The new recruits have been hired both externally and from within the company.
They include Owen Humphries who joins the development team as senior associate from Gateley, Amy Jones joining the development team as solicitor from Gateley, Ruth Bourton joining the investment team as associate from Shoosmiths and Craig Downhill joining the property dispute resolution team as senior associate from Shoosmiths.
In addition Pierre Smith joins the property dispute resolution team as paralegal from DAC Beachcroft and Hannah Gohar joins the energy and infrastructure team as solicitor from PWC Legal.
After having successfully completed her training contract with the firm, Holly Smith has joined the investment team as solicitor.
The Birmingham real estate team at Pinsent Masons now comprises almost 50 lawyers advising clients throughout the life cycle of real estate development, investment and asset management projects.
The team has been involved in some of the highest profile real estate transactions in Birmingham this year, including advising on the development of a 210,000 sq ft head office for the new ring-fenced bank serving personal and business customers of HSBC, one of the largest occupier deals of the year in the UK and the largest in Birmingham since 2002.
Tom Johnson, partner and head of the Birmingham property team at Pinsent Masons, said: “Birmingham is now rightly recognised nationally and internationally for the economic renaissance the city is enjoying, thanks to the increasing levels of inward investment and the top quality developments that make this a great location for businesses and investors – there is a real buzz around town.
“Our strategy for some time has entailed focusing on the growth of our real estate team in Birmingham in anticipation of this upturn in activity and our new colleagues will help us to provide significant strength and depth across the markets in which we operate.”