Lambert Smith Hampton has recruited valuer Chris Flatley as associate director in its Manchester office.
Flatley has 17 years' property experience and has worked at Cushman & Wakefield and, prior to that, Dunlop Heywood/Erinaceous.
Nick Davies, head of LSH's valuation team in Manchester, explained: "Investment activity across the North West reached a phenomenal £660m during the first quarter of 2010, compared with £303m during the last three months of 2009 – an increase of 117%. Investing in the most important part of our service delivery – our people – enables us to capitalise on the increased market activity.
"Chris' appointment gives us a nine-strong valuation team, providing depth of experience and breadth of service offering across the North West market."
Flatley said: "This is a great move for me both in terms of joining a leading firm in the region as well as in the professional challenges and opportunities that the job will provide.