Law firm Freeths has launched a Liverpool office in 20 Chapel Street, after hiring two real estate partners from DWF to lead the growth of a new team.
The office, which will in time offer a full range of legal services, will initially have the two partners and support staff based in the city, with the aim of recruiting more staff over the coming months.
Andy Nichol will be managing partner of the office and was previously executive partner for DWF’s Liverpool office, heading up the property team. He acts for institutional and private investors, dealing with the acquisition, management and disposal of commercial property assets and has over 15 years’ experience in property finance.
Luke Hopkins is a real estate partner with over 12 years’ experience. He has acted for UK and international investors, with a particular focus on the acquisition, management, development and disposal of retail and office assets. He previously headed up the property finance team at DWF.
Colin Flanagan, chairman of Freeths, said: “This is an exciting venture for us to expand further in the north-west. The office location is great and we are pleased to join other businesses such as Ernst & Young, Barclays and Liverpool Football Club in the grade A space. Both Andy and Luke are well known in their sectors – we look forward to them being part of our team and helping to grow our presence in the region.”