Mills & Reeve invests in Manchester real estate team with two new partners

Leading national law firm Mills & Reeve has announced two new lateral hires for the firm’s real estate team in Manchester. Mike Edge and Rachel Pitman join the firm from Pinsent Masons.

Mike is a well-known and respected real estate lawyer in the North West and has worked for a number of high profile clients, including significant developers and investors, as well as substantial occupier clients. He successfully led the Manchester real estate team at Pinsent Masons for seven years, overseeing many landmark deals and schemes.

Rachel Pitman is a real estate partner with significant experience in the North West region. Rachel has acted on a number of high profile investment properties in Manchester and has advised clients on strategically important development sites in the region. Her project management expertise and skills provide clients with a speedy and efficient service from cross sector disciplines.

The appointments are part of Mills & Reeve’s plan to grow their already successful national real estate practice and demonstrates their commitment to Manchester and the North West.

Beverley Firth, who leads the national real estate team for Mills & Reeve, said: “Manchester’s real estate sector has demonstrated its strength and resilience in the face of challenging economic times and the uncertainty caused by Brexit. Residential developments have fared particularly well; the recent Deloitte Crane Survey recorded 22 new developments starting on site in the North West in the past year, up from the previous high of 14 in 2008, surpassing even pre-recession levels.

“This paints a really positive picture of the sector and we believe now is the ideal time to invest in our practice in the North West. The appointment of Mike and Rachel will help us achieve our aim of growing our real estate team to in turn help businesses and organisations in Manchester and the North West assure further strong growth.”

Mills & Reeve’s strategy to offer real estate clients in the North West an innovative service, completing complex and high value work, will be further bolstered by the lateral hires.

Justin Ripman, Senior Partner at the firm said:  “This is yet another significant development in our real estate team following our merger with Maxwell Winward earlier in the year.  The expansion of our Manchester team will further enhance our national network of real estate experts.”

The North West is a region with fantastic prospects for forward-thinking businesses and we aim to be at the forefront, helping our real estate clients gain access to these opportunities as well as providing an excellent service that can support them locally, regionally and nationally.”

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