New Real Estate Departmental Managing Partner and Practice Group Head announced at BLP

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) announced today (4 April 2013) that it has appointed current Real Estate Partner, Chris de Pury, as the Firm’s Real Estate Departmental Managing Partner (DMP). As a result of assuming the role of Real Estate DMP, Chris will also become a member of the BLP Board. In addition, Real Estate Partner, Richard Hopkinson-Woolley, becomes the new Core Real Estate Practice Group Head (PGH), both effective from 1 May 2013.

The announcement comes after current Real Estate DMP and BLP Executive Chairman, Robert MacGregor, confirmed he will be handing over the role after eight years, an intention he laid out when elected as Executive Chairman of the Firm’s Board in April 2012.

Robert MacGregor has been Real Estate DMP since joining the Firm from Clifford Chance in 2004 and has led BLP’s Real Estate business to extraordinary success. Against a difficult economic backdrop, Robert has been instrumental in helping the Firm consolidate its market leading position and in developing the Firm’s reputation both domestically and internationally.

Chris de Pury has been a Partner at BLP since joining the Firm in January 2008 from Herbert Smith.

Richard Hopkinson-Woolley, the new PGH of Core Real Estate, joined the Firm in August 2003 and has been Work Group Head of one of the three Core Real Estate teams since May 2010.

Neville Eisenberg, BLP Managing Partner, commented: “Chris de Pury has made a valuable contribution to the continued success of the Firm’s Real Estate practice over the years, emerging as the obvious candidate to succeed Robert MacGregor as the Firm’s new Real Estate DMP. Together with Richard Hopkinson-Woolley as Core Real Estate PGH, it gives me the utmost confidence that their combined experience will enable the Firm’s Real Estate practice to maintain its market leading position and continue to grow as we look to further develop our international reputation in this important sector.”

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