Independent legal practice Brabners has strengthened its construction practice with three senior appointments. Elspeth Christie and Sarah Nunnery-Jones join the firm as partner and senior associate respectively, while Eleanor Stirrett has been promoted to the role of partner.

A series of senior hires announced in the last 12 months, including the appointment of head of real estate Paul Firth, has seen the firm’s real estate team grow to more than 100 people across its three offices.

Elspeth Christie has over 15 years’ experience, and previously led the non-contentious construction team at DLA Piper in Liverpool, where she was recognised by the firm as one of 2018’s ‘Inspirational Women in Real Estate’. She will be joined at Brabners by Sarah Nunnery-Jones, having spent four years working together at DLA Piper.

Eleanor Stirrett has been promoted to partner after three years at Brabners. She advises a variety of clients including developers, funders, housing associations, educational institutions, local authorities and contractors. She is also actively involved in the Forum for the Built Environment and currently holds the position of secretary for its Liverpool branch.

Paul Firth, head of real estate at Brabners, said: ’The property and construction market continues to thrive. Helped in the North West, in particular, by a real focus on strengthening the region’s infrastructure and economy. Bolstering our real estate practice with the specialist knowledge and experience that Elspeth, Eleanor and Sarah bring is another example of our commitment to delivering outstanding service to our clients. It is also extremely rewarding for the team as a whole to be able to attract and welcome new talent, while also recognising and promoting talent from within.’

Nik White, managing partner of Brabners, added: ’Building our real estate practice remains a key pillar in our firm-wide growth strategy and is a key part of our ambition to be the region’s leading independent legal practice. I look forward to seeing that part of the firm flourish as the team continues to build its market presence both in the North West and across the UK.’