Personal injury specialist Greenwoods has nabbed its third high profile partner in six months, with construction expert Richard Houseago set to join the firm.

Houseago, who will leave Vizards Staples & Bannisters after 16 years, will head the firm's new property and casualty unit from June.

He will bring assistant barrister Mike Morris with him.

Two Greenwoods solicitors and an associate will complete the new team.

Four months ago, Malcolm Henké joined Greenwoods from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert accompanied by Stephen Howcroft. Graham Brigg and Tim Wain from Taylor Joynson Garrett joined soon after Henké. Brigg and Henké became partners, with all four working on the catastrophic injury team.

Greenwoods is on a number of insurer panels, including CGNU, Provident Insurance, Direct Line and the Motor Insurers Bureau.

It also works for large self-insured corporations.

Henké said the firm was moving into property and casualty in response to requests from its clients.

"A lot of our good personal injury contacts who have moved into other areas have approached us with other work, like subsidence," he said.

Henké said it was a coup to have attracted Houseago to the firm.

"He's very well regarded; people in that market know his name," he said.

Houseago said he saw Greenwoods as exemplifying the best practice required of firms in the insurance sector.

"I'm sorry, of course, to leave after 16 years, but it's time to move on," he said.