Burness Paull has added to its Banking & Finance team with a lateral partner hire.

Alan Cassels, who joins from Pinsent Masons, is a leading banking partner with extensive cross-border banking expertise, having developed significant experience in corporate, leveraged and real estate finance, and advised on debt and mortgage book sale transactions.

He becomes the fourth specialist banking partner in the team, alongside Jonathan Heaney, John Kennedy and Dawn Reoch.

Burness Paull chair Peter Lawson commented: "We’re absolutely delighted to top the legal deals table for the sixth year in a row, and particularly grateful to our clients who have placed their confidence in us through some very challenging market conditions. While the focus of the table tends to be on M&A, Banking & Finance is an equally vital element in deal activity and it’s our ability to connect and blend deals teams combining relevant corporate experience at a very senior and experienced level that is reassuring to clients. Alan only further strengthens that proposition.

"His addition is the latest in a series of strategic hires and promotions we have made in line with our ambitious growth plans."