Dickinson Dees hires real estate lawyers
07 Nov, 2012
Leading law firm Dickinson Dees has expanded its real estate team in Leeds and London with the appointments of David Cole and Paul Hunter.
David and Paul, both from North Yorkshire, have joined Dickinson Dees as solicitors from Pinsent Masons in Leeds.
David Cole, who was educated at Manchester University before studying at York College of Law, joined Pinsent Masons in 2008 and specialises in large-scale, often complex transactions for a range of private and public sector clients.
Paul was educated at Nottingham University and also studied at York College of Law. He joined Pinsent Masons in 2010 and has experience of general commercial property, with an emphasis on development related work.
David explained: “I am delighted to be joining Dickinson Dees, one of the few law firms presently making a significant investment in to the future of their business. It’s an exciting time for a firm with a strong brand and a following of excellent regional and national clients.”
David and Paul will be reunited with Mark Owen, their former boss at Pinsent Masons, who is now head of Dickinson Dees’ real estate team in Yorkshire. Paul, who is currently stationed at the firm’s Leeds office, will shortly move to London where he will continue to work closely with Mark and the team on development work for the firm’s London based clients.
Mark commented: “Having worked closely with both David and Paul at Pinsent Masons, I know they are both talented and hard-working lawyers who will prove to be valuable additions to our team. The fact that they wanted to move to Dickinson Dees speaks volumes about our reputation”.
These hires come in the wake of a string of high-profile appointments at the firm’s Yorkshire office. These include Shiv Sibal, also ex-Pinsent Masons, who has joined as a partner in the corporate team: Andy Stirk recently joined as a corporate recovery partner and John Connor as a banking partner, both from DLA Piper.