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Lateral hires from TLT latest arrivals to strengthen Ashfords’ Bristol office

Leading law firm Ashfords LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of Neel Mehta as a Partner in its Construction and Infrastructure team and Paul Butterworth as a Partner in the firm's Real Estate team. Neel joins the firm on 12 June and Paul will join in September at the latest.

Neel joins the firm's expanding Bristol office from TLT bringing more than 16 years’ experience advising on significant and complex construction and engineering, infrastructure and energy and waste projects across a full range of the varying perspectives of contractors, developers, consultants, public bodies and funders.

Previously a Senior Partner in Property at TLT, Paul was Head of Social Housing and Joint Head of the Housing Sector and focused on major development projects, including some of the most significant housing schemes in London and the South East.  He was central in developing TLT's social housing practice. He has particular expertise in regeneration, along with extensive knowledge of legal and other issues affecting the sector. Paul is a CIH South West Board member and his work in housing spans nearly 30 years, including heading up teams at a local authority and a housing association.

The arrival of Paul and Neel comes on the back of Ashfords enjoying considerable growth over the last few years and expanding its presence and expertise across a number of areas. In particular, the Bristol office has seen the arrival of a number of senior experts over the last 12 months including three high-profile Partners with Kate Topp joining the Property team from Osborne Clarke, Nicola Manclark joining the Corporate Tax team from Burges Salmon and Andy Braithwaite joining from Thrings as Head of the Commercial team.  These appointments recognise how much the firm and the Bristol office in particular has grown and changed over recent years.

Chris Dyson, Partner and Head of Bristol at Ashfords LLP said: “Neel and Paul's appointments are aligned to our strategic growth plan and again demonstrate our ongoing commitment to both expand our Bristol office and ensure that we continue to provide the highest levels of expertise and quality of legal service for our clients.”

Neel Mehta commented, “I am delighted to be joining such an experienced and highly regarded firm. It’s an important move for me given their high-profile clients both locally and nationally in the construction sector.”