National law firm Shoosmiths is launching a real estate team at its Manchester office headed by partner Vaqas Farooq, who has relocated from the firm's Birmingham office.
Shoosmiths' Spinningfields office opened in January 2009 and now offers corporate, private equity, financial services, banking litigation, real estate and consumer legal services.
Bolton-born Farooq has started recuiting to his team and announcements about appointments are expected to follow shortly.
Farooq said: "I want to quickly develop a leading real estate team in the North West, serving existing clients and contacts, while at the same time developing new opportunities in the region."
Farooq joined Shoosmiths in 2005 and was made a partner in 2007.