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DJB appoints 5 New Partners in as many months

Updated: Feb 17, 2021

As we continue with our aggressive growth plans, we are delighted to introduce Lee McBride, Kirsten Dunlop, Abigail Kay, Yohanna Weber and Nick Warde who have all been appointed as Partner in the last 5 months.

Lee is a highly experienced real estate and environmental law practitioner. Prior to joining DJB, Lee was the Head of Environmental Law at Gowling WLG. Lee advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious environment law. He has developed a particular expertise in contaminated land issues and has been dealing with the environmental and property aspects of large M&A transactions for nearly 30 years.

Prior to joining us, Kirsten was a Senior Associate at Winckworth Sherwood in their London Office. Kirsten brings 18 years' experience of real estate law with her. She is renowned for providing straightforward tailored advice for property investment and development companies, public listed companies, retailers, registered providers, and renewable energy developers. Her expertise includes commercial property, luxury residential property, planning and property finance. Kirsten also advises on energy and infrastructure projects.

Abigail joins DJB from Clyde & Co, having worked in their Manchester​, Guildford and Dubai offices. Abigail ​specialises in retail with extensive experience in landlord and tenant work. She has worked with some of the biggest names in retail and ​leisure including ​Five Guys, Regatta, Smiggle, Joe & The Juice, Dixons Carphone and B&Q.

Yohanna is a Planning and Environment Law specialist. She was previously a Partner at Fieldfisher and an in-house lawyer at London Borough of Haringey. Yohanna has particular expertise in advising on nationally significant infrastructure projects by way of Development Consent Orders. Her experience in urban regeneration projects and mixed-use developments will expand the service we can provide to our existing clients. Yohanna is recommended by the Legal 500.

Nick is a former Head of Property Department at two large regional firms. He specialises in high-value residential property, acting for a broad range of clients including footballers and other sports stars. Nick was previously the Chairman of one of Sussex’s largest housing associations.

Senior Partner, Madeleine Davitt comments on the new appointments: "I am proud to continue to grow our team to help our clients with all their real estate needs through this difficult season. The special range of skills and expertise amongst Lee, Kirsten, Abi, Yohanna and Nick complements our team brilliantly and it is great to have them all on board."



DJB is a national law firm that specialises entirely in real estate. The firm has offices in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Taunton ensuring truly national coverage.

The firm is renowned for its high quality legal work and service.

We only recruit experienced lawyers with excellent calibre. As a result, our legal team of around 50 lawyers have an average post-qualification experience that exceeds 20 years. Most have joined us from other City firms, in-house departments and/or senior roles. Our lawyers have advised some of the UK’s most significant land owners including Barclays Bank, HSBC, Credit Suisse, Rolls Royce, The Royal Parks, The Cabinet Office and The Crown Estate. This focus on quality only has led to a 50% male and female Partner rate.

All of our clients are provided with a dedicated client care professional at no extra charge, which ensures that they receive the highest standard of service at all times.

DJB is regularly selected to advise on high profile projects such as the hosting of the London 2012 Olympic Games by The Royal Parks and the first Sukuk Bond to be entered into by a Western Government on behalf of HM Treasury. Based in London at The Shard and also Manchester, Birmingham and Taunton, DJB has a national presence.

The firm enjoys top tier rankings in all of the main directories, as well as receiving many awards.



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