PwC Legal has appointed Neal Shepherd as a partner to spearhead its regional growth, particularly in the north of England. 

Neal, who joins from Addleshaw Goddard, will be based in the firm’s Manchester office. He’ll work with businesses in the region and beyond, focusing on mid-market M&A but also expanding areas that complement PwC’s business, such as employment and pensions.

Shirley Brookes, senior partner at PwC Legal, said: ‘Neal has a fantastic track record and will help us grow the business in areas that fit with PwC and PwC Legal’s combined strength. He has a strong deals background and will also help expand our broader business, where we’re seeing growing demand in areas such as pensions.’

The appointment follows a number of recent senior hires by PwC Legal. Partner Mark Crofskey has joined from McDermott Will & Emery to lead the M&A team in London. Former Field Fisher Waterhouse partner Stewart Room arrived in September to lead PwC Legal’s cybersecurity practice.

Shirley Brookes added: ‘It’s an exciting time for the business. We’re seeing strong demand for our multi-disciplinary approach and our recent appointments will help us make the most of this appetite.’