Senior staff switch firms

Cushman & Wakefield has poached four senior staff from rival consultancy DTZ to expand its London team to 16 planners.

Former DTZ planning director Shaun Andrews will join Cushman & Wakefield in January as partner and head of the planning and environment team. Former DTZ associate directors Ben Wrighton and Andrew Pepler will join as associates and Tanya Jones also moves across as a senior planner.

The four planners were all employees at Donaldsons before it was acquired by DTZ in July for an initial sum of £39.8 million (Planning, 13 July, p3). The firm had said the merger would make its combined team of planners one of the top three such commercial consultancies in the UK.

A DTZ spokeswoman said only four planners had left in total and more than 70 still remain. Andrews had been leading a team that focused on town centre and mixed- use developments for clients including Land Securities and Hammersons. He also launched a sustainability group at Donaldsons.

Cushman & Wakefield head of planning and environment Ian Blacker said: "Securing these four appointments is a real coup. It shows our commitment to our clients across the UK to provide an integrated planning and environment team."

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