Shoosmiths expands London office with real estate partner hires

Shoosmiths expands London office with real estate partner hires

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Author: Robyn Adams

National law firm Shoosmiths has appointed Angus Evers as environmental partner and Ed John as property litigation partner into its London office.

Ed John and Angus Evers
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Ed John and Angus Evers

A leading transactional environmental lawyer, Angus Evers joins Shoosmiths from King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin) where he was head of the European environmental practice. Previous to this he was at Norton Rose.

Angus has more than 17 years' experience in environmental law with a strong focus primarily on real estate, corporate and energy. He advises on a variety of environmental issues including legislative changes, statutory appeals against notices served by environmental regulators and environmental judicial review with particular expertise in waste, retail and hotels.

Angus is an active member of industry groups, chairing the UK Environmental Law Association's Waste Working Party since 2006 and is the sole lawyer on the British Standards Institution's Committee on Sustainable Resource Management.

Ed John joins Shoosmiths' property litigation team from Hogan Lovells' real estate disputes team. Previous to this Ed was at firms Jones Day and Pritchard Englefield. With over 17 years of experience in property litigation, Ed has worked for a wide range of clients including institutional properties companies, funds, banks, fund managers and corporate occupiers.

His legal skills encompass all aspects of property litigation, litigation avoidance and strategic property advice including mediations, expert determinations and early neutral evaluations. He also advises development clients on rights of light, easements, restrictive covenants, break rights, party walls and 1954 Act vacant possession issues.

Ed has developed specific expertise in the hotel sector in which he provides specialist transactional support, a notable hotel transaction being the UK's most expensive purchase of a single hotel asset (the Park Lane Intercontinental) for £400m. He has extensive experience in non-contentious work extending from the hotel sphere to data centre operators.

Simon Boss, head of real estate at Shoosmiths, commented: 'The appointment of both Angus and Ed into our real estate team in London reflects the rapid growth and increased client roster we have seen in London.

'With Angus's and Ed's individual specialist areas in the environmental and hotel sectors, they bring specific expertise combined with well-rounded legal knowledge that will enhance Shoosmiths' national real estate offering, support other teams across the firm and unlock opportunities within these industries.'

The appointments follow that of Tim Johnson into the London office as a planning partner. Recognised as a leader in his field, Tim has particular expertise in the development and infrastructure sector with substantial experience of large scale complex residential led mixed use proposals.

Shoosmiths' national real estate team services a wide variety of clients across the UK on real estate, construction, planning, property litigation and environmental issues. Clients range from commercial and residential developers to investors, retail and leisure operators and public sector bodies including Bellway, St Modwen Properties PLC, Allied London, Marstons, Northwood and Galliford Try.