CMS adds another to construction team

In its sixth hire to its construction team this year, Manchester-based law firm CMS has recruited Charlotte Eccles from London real estate firm Forsters.

Eccles is a senior non-contentious construction lawyer and joins from the London-based firm where she specialised in high-end city centre developments. She spent four years at Forsters, and has previously worked for another London law firm, Pennington Manches.

Earlier this month, CMS added Nick Case to its construction team, who also joined from a London law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills. In the past 12 months, it has also hired Kate Jones from Brabners, Chris Alman from Pennington Manches, and Nigel Lewis from Gowling WLG, as well as adding Elizabeth Ormesher, who relocated from CMS’ London office.

Chris Hallam, head of CMS’ energy, projects and construction group in the North, said: “I am delighted to welcome Charlotte into the team, especially given that she chose to join CMS amidst heavy competition from other leading firms in the city. Charlotte’s recruitment demonstrates the firm’s ‘pulling power’ for high calibre recruits from all over the UK, and especially the capital city”.

Projects the construction team is advising on include Mayfield, where the team is the sole legal advisors to the Mayfield Partnership, led by developer U+I, which is pressing forward with an £800m overhaul of the site next to Piccadilly Station.

Other projects the CMS team is working on include Renaker’s Deansgate Square; Marcus Worthington Group’s speculative office development at 125 Deansgate; and Far East Consortium’s £1bn Northern Gateway, a 15,000-home masterplan stretching from Victoria Station to Collyhurst.

CMS has also added to its real estate team in the last month, hiring three recruits from Squire Patton Boggs, Eversheds, and Blunts. Last week, the real estate team also added Sarah Ilyas, who joined from London-based Simpson Millar.

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