Shoosmiths poaches team from Irwin Mitchell

The real estate practice within the Manchester office of law firm Shoosmiths, has grown by a further five lawyers after hiring from the Sheffield office of Irwin Mitchell.

New hires are two partners; Thomas Hall and Kellie Hatton, along with senior associate David Goy and solicitors Emma Cowell and Holly Bennett, all of whom have specialist real estate backgrounds.

Thomas Hall has a particular focus on strategic land and providing advice on all legal aspects of taking sites through the development process. Hall started his legal career at MacFarlanes before taking up a role at Irwin Mitchell.

Kellie Hatton is a development specialist with more than 15 years’ experience and has worked across a broad variety of real estate transactions. Prior to her time at Irwin Mitchell, she held roles at Berwin Leighton Paisner and Denton Wilde Sapte.

Commenting on the appointments, Manchester office head, Vaqas Farooq, said: “As a firm, one of the ways we differentiate ourselves is through our culture and commitment to our people and have recently embraced agile working for all colleagues at our new, purpose-built agile work-space at XYZ in Spinningfields, Manchester. We are excited about our innovative approach to agile which will enable us to work in a highly collaborative and flexible manner, and allow us to deliver a market-leading service and a first rate experience for an enviable list of clients across the North and the rest of the UK.”

Shoosmiths is a national law firm with a network of 12 offices in the UK.

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