Bevan Brittan LLP has appointed a new partner to its property team specialising in regeneration and development projects.
Rebecca Pendlebury will be based in Bevan Brittan’s Birmingham office, and joins from Pinsent Masons LLP. She has substantial local knowledge of the Midlands, having led legal teams that advised on a number of projects within the region. Rebecca will focus primarily on public sector led large scale, high value, development schemes.
She said: “I am very excited about joining Bevan Brittan which has a strong reputation in the marketplace, and am also very pleased to be joining the firm at a time when Birmingham and the Midlands are seeing some of their highest ever levels of development.
“There are many new and exciting schemes being planned within the region, particularly within the public sector where local authorities are taking the lead in bringing public-private partnerships together.
“With high levels of investment across a wide range of sectors, it’s clear that the economy in Birmingham and the wider region is set for further expansion, bringing significant benefits for jobs, housing, transport and overall well-being.”
Bevan Brittan is currently acting on the Birmingham Smithfield regeneration scheme that aims to create 3,000 jobs in an integrated property and transport development, and the Icknield Port Loop, a 43-acre site for new homes and open spaces. Bevan Brittan is also currently acting on the historic Roundhouse Birmingham restoration - a pioneering partnership between the Canal & River Trust and the National Trust, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to bring an important Birmingham landmark back to life.
Mark Calverley, head of property at Bevan Brittan, said: “Birmingham is a world-class city – with a large number of significant regeneration and investment schemes in the pipeline. There continues to be strong growth in demand for our services around regeneration, property transactions and construction – not just in Birmingham, but also in many urban and city regions across the country.
“We are therefore very pleased to welcome Rebecca to our team. She is well known in the business community in providing first class legal skills and experience across the property sector, and will be a strong asset to the firm.”
Bevan Brittan has promoted a senior associate to partner, also based in Birmingham. Mark Robertson specialises in property law, particularly property-related disputes, helping public and private sector clients reach commercial and cost-effective solutions to property-related issues.
Duncan Weir, managing partner at Bevan Brittan, said: “I would like to welcome Rebecca to the firm and congratulate Mark on his promotion to partner. We are building an impressive capability in our property, infrastructure and housing teams - not only from our Birmingham office – but across the country.
“As we saw in the recently published Chambers and Legal 500 guides, we were ranked as national leaders outside London in Social Housing and 3 of our Social Housing Partners achieved Band 1 rankings recognising the quality of our people who can deliver really relevant, focused and commercial advice.”
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