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DWF extends global real estate team with two senior appointments

06 May 2021
DWF, the global provider of integrated legal and business services, has appointed a partner and legal director to its real estate team in Leeds. 
Partner Andrew Batterton joins this month to head the Planning team in the UK, working with Michelle Spark and the national team, while construction specialist Naithan McBride will join in June as a legal director in the global construction team. Andrew and Naithan join from DLA Piper and will have a national and international outlook. They are the newest additions to the growing global real estate team which spans most of DWF's international locations. 

Andrew boasts significant experience as a planning, infrastructure and compulsory purchase legal advisor specialising in major regeneration, transport and energy projects for more than 20 years. He is also involved with sustainability including the promotion of ambitious projects and initiatives to achieve international carbon zero projects. 

Naithan is a construction disputes lawyer providing both operational and dispute resolution advice to clients with a focus on dispute avoidance and managing project risk. He advises contractors and specialist subcontractors and employers in the public and private sectors.

Toby Askin, Global Head of Real Estate at DWF, said: "Andrew adds senior leadership and technical   capability to a strong and growing team while Naithan's expertise in dispute resolution will complement our existing offering. Both Andrew and Naithan are leading practitioners in the global energy and infrastructure sector and add significant bench strength in their respective disciplines. I am thrilled they have chosen to join us."

Allison Page, Regional Managing Partner (UK and Ireland), who herself joined recently from DLA Piper, said: "I am absolutely delighted to be working with Andrew and Naithan again. They are two of the key appointments DWF has made recently as part of an ambitious growth strategy for the UK practice."

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