International law firm Bird & Bird announces the appointment of Richard Lucas as partner in the Commercial Group. Richard joins Bird & Bird’s London office from Berwin Leighton Paisner with over 19 years’ experience in project finance, specialising in the defence and transport sectors. In recent years, Richard had advised on a number of major transactions for BVT Surface Fleet, VT Group, Stagecoach Rail and the Go-Ahead Group.
Commenting on Richard’s appointment, David Kerr, Bird & Bird’s CEO, said: "We welcome Richard to the Commercial Department as his expertise in projects, particularly PFI and PPP, is beneficial to the Group and its clients. The firm has been built over a number of years to be able to deliver major projects work requiring teams of lawyers across disciplines, sectors and offices, to be properly co-ordinated into a single project team."
Nick Perry, Head of Bird & Bird’s London Commercial Group, added: "Richard’s track record in key sectors like defence and transport will be a great addition to our existing strengths. His appointment enables us to further expand our abilities to meet clients’ increasing needs for the management and provision of cross-border, complex commercial deals."
Commenting on his own appointment, Richard said: "I’m looking forward to joining Bird & Bird as the firm’s innovative industry knowledge approach offers me an ideal opportunity to develop my practice."