Squire Patton Boggs has announced the appointment of Real Estate partner Mark Barker, who has joined the firm from DWF in Manchester.
Mr. Barker has over 25 years’ real estate experience, specialising in development work with particular expertise in strategic and complex regeneration projects. Recommended by the recently published Chambers & Partners UK client guide, he advises public and private sector clients on the successful delivery of major projects through corporate and contractual joint ventures and structures.
Nick Green, European Real Estate Practice Group leader, said: “We are excited to welcome Mark to the firm. In Mark we have found an individual with exactly the right blend of ambition and experience to expand our practice. Manchester is a key centre in the UK commercial real estate market, with a high volume of development work in the city; Mark’s expertise makes him an excellent addition to our very busy team.”
The firm’s Real Estate Practice is noted for its strength in development, regeneration, real estate finance and banking. The Manchester team, led by Mark Gaffney, has particular expertise in the chemicals, sport, leisure and hotel sectors. The firm promoted Manchester real estate lawyer Jonathan Brooke to partner last year.
“Mark is held in high regard by his clients. He is noted as an excellent technical lawyer, with a reputation for advising on complicated and involved real estate deals,” said Mr. Gaffney.
Mr. Barker’s appointment follows Squire Patton Boggs’ announcement that it will be relocating to flagship offices at No.1 Spinningfields in Manchester in 2017. He is the third partner to join the firm in Manchester during the course of the last 12 months, with Debra Cooper joining the Financial Services team in January 2016, and Employment partner Paula Cole joining the firm in May 2015.
“Growth is very much on our agenda,” added Rob Elvin, managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs in Manchester. “We are passionate about our standing in the local market and the growth of our partnership and investment in new premises provides us with a platform for the firm’s future in the city.”