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Eversheds’ Manchester office loses partner trio to DLA Piper as firm builds up in construction

DLA Piper has targeted Eversheds‘ Manchester base, hiring three of the firm’s partners from the office, as its bulks up it infrastructure and construction practice.

David Moss and Paul Giles join DLA as partners while Nigel Proctor comes in as a consultant in the global firm’s infrastructure, construction and transport sector, though a start date is still to be confirmed.

Moss and Giles are both contentious construction lawyers with 25 and 15 years’ experience respectively. Moss specialises in project management, administering contracts and resolving claims in the civil, oil and gas heavy engineering, and building industries, while Giles is specialised in dispute avoidance and resolution in a number of industries including road, rail and nuclear.

Chartered civil engineer Proctor is a non-contentious construction lawyer with 20 years’ experience advising on both client funded and project financed infrastructure projects in the UK and internationally.

Commenting on the hires David Gray, UK head of DLA’s litigation and regulatory group, said the group would help to develop the UK construction disputes team as well as the firm’s infrastructure, construction & transport sector globally.

Liam Cowell, managing partner of the firm’s Manchester office and a finance and projects partner added: ‘David, Paul and Nigel are a dynamic team who have worked together for a number of years at different firms and have built a significant practice together. Their appointment will increase our breadth of experience in the infrastructure sector not only in the North West but across the UK and internationally.’

The team first worked together at Hammonds before splitting up as Proctor joined Addleshaw Goddard and both Moss and Giles joined McGrigors. All three joined Eversheds in 2012.