Nigel Hewitson, head of planning at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF), is joining rival firm Brook Street des Roches (BSDR) to head up a new planning service.
BSDR, based outside Abingdon, is a firm of property solicitors, which has decided to include a planning function to complement its existing services.
Hewitson, joined NRF in 2007 as a senior associate, becoming a partner in 2010.
He told Planning: “I was headhunted for the new role, which is an exciting opportunity that makes sense to me and the firm.
“We already have a head of work building up from existing BSDR clients, and we will be looking to build up a team as work comes forward.”
Existing BSDR clients include energy firm National Grid, developer MEPC, and a number of retail business including Body Shop and McDonalds.
Hewitson said he hoped to take some of his existing clients with him to his new role.
He said that the biggest projects he had worked on at NRF had included the London Gateway Port in Shellhaven, the purchase of Battersea Power Station and the Lee Tunnel sewage scheme.