Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has appointed Kathryn Wood as a partner in the firm's Leeds office, joining WBD's national housing team.

Kathryn's appointment not only bolsters the national team but cements the Leeds office's reputation as the leading housing team in the region.

Kathryn is a key player in the Yorkshire housing sector and joins from law firm Knights. Kathryn has built a reputation over the past 14 years acting for national and regional house builders on all aspects of the acquisition and disposal of immediate and strategic land for residential development. Kathryn also has particular expertise advising on major development schemes of brownfield sites involving multiple house builders.

Julia Field, Leeds-based partner at WBD, commented:

"Our housing practice is one of the strongest in the UK and we are thrilled to welcome Kathryn to the partnership and to our highly regarded Leeds housing practice. Kathryn joins us with a huge amount of expertise and will play an important role in reinforcing our national and regional offering, helping to implement our sector vision of providing a first-rate legal service to our real estate and housing clients in the UK and the US."

Kathryn added:

"WBD has strong credentials in the housing sector with a fantastic client portfolio. The firm is clearly committed to growth and is well positioned in this changing legal marketplace for success in the future. I look forward to working with the team here in Leeds as well as the rest of the UK and beyond."

Kathryn's appointment is the latest in a series of senior hires at WBD with new partners Paul Mason (real estate, Edinburgh), Deborah Ramshaw (public sector, Newcastle) and James Radcliffe (private client, Bristol) joining the firm in the past couple of months.

Ranking in the UK's top 20 law firms, WBD provides legal expertise in eleven key sectors from across eight offices in the UK and 19 offices in the US. The firm's Housing client portfolio in the UK includes Homes England, Akelius, Bellway, Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey, RentPlus, Grainger and Places for People.