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Hogan Lovells UK Real Estate Group appoints Daniel Norris as new UK Real Estate Head and Claire Dutch as new UK Planning Head

20 December 2016

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London - Hogan Lovells has appointed partner Daniel Norris as its new UK Real Estate Head. Norris, who has been a partner at the firm for 8 years, takes over from Michael Gallimore in January when Gallimore becomes the Head of Hogan Lovells Legal Services Centre in Birmingham.

Norris has worked on many high profile matters including the sale of GE's sale real estate business to Blackstone, Snowhill 2 and Snowhill 3, Spinningfields, St James's Market, Rushden Lakes and Bloomberg Place. His clients include M&G Real Estate, The Crown Estate, Terra Firma and Goldman Sachs

In addition, Claire Dutch, who has been a partner at the firm for 9 years, takes over from Gallimore in January as Hogan Lovells new UK Planning Head.

Dutch has worked on very prominent development and infrastructure projects including Bishopsgate Goodsyard, key sites within Nine Elms Opportunity Area and several energy developments.

Michael Gallimore will continue to work for his planning clients in collaboration with the rest of the UK planning team.

Commenting on the new appointments, Jackie Newstead, Global Head of Real Estate, Hogan Lovells, said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michael for his significant contribution to our UK Real Estate Practice over the years. Michael will continue to advise his planning clients while carrying out his new role as the firm's head of our Legal Services Centre in Birmingham.

Claire Dutch is an excellent fit to take the Planning Practice forward. She has a first-rate reputation in the market and I have no doubt that the Practice will go from strength to strength under her leadership. I am also really pleased that Daniel will be heading up our UK Real Estate Practice. Daniel has a very strong standing and respect in the industry. I look forward to working with them both next year and beyond."

Claire Dutch commented on her new position as UK Planning Head:  "Michael has built our UK Planning Practice into a market leader, where we handle some of the country's most high profile and complex development projects.  I am delighted to have been appointed as the new head, and I look forward to continuing to grow our practice, building on our excellent reputation."

Daniel Norris commented on his new position as UK Real Estate Head: "I am very excited to be taking on this new role. Despite uncertainty caused by BREXIT, the fundamentals of UK commercial real estate should remain positive in 2017. London and the wider UK market remain key locations, for both onshore and offshore investors, and we are seeing strong activity levels. I am looking forward to taking over from Michael in the New Year and building on our sector and practice strength."

Notes to Editor:

  1. Hogan Lovells UK real estate group is one of the largest and best regarded in the country.  It is ranked in the top tier in The Legal 500 for commercial property, development, property litigation, and hotels and leisure. The firm recently won the inaugural Real Estate Legal Team of the Year award at the Estates Gazette Awards 2016 for its across the board strength in property. The Planning team is a market leading team, as rated in the legal directories and Planning Magazine, handling some of the most complex high profile projects.
  2. Claire Dutch is ranked as a Leading Individual in both Chambers (Band 1) and Legal 500.  She has been listed in The Lawyer's "Hot 100".  She has worked at Hogan Lovells for 17 years and was made a partner in 2007.
  3. Daniel Norris is ranked as a Leading Individual in both Chambers and Legal 500. He has worked at Hogan Lovells for 18 years and was made a partner in 2008 having started as a trainee 1998.

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