Personal injury (PI) specialist Amery-Parkes is pulling out of London to focus primarily on litigation from its Bristol, Basingstoke and Birmingham offices.
It is understood that the decision to close the Chancery Lane office coincided with a number of the London partners deciding to quit for private client specialist Payne Hicks Beach. Amery-Parkes London managing partner William Davis has joined Payne Hicks as a consultant in corporate and commercial, together with Richard Cowan, who joins as a partner. Peter Black, accompanied by assistant John Mills, has joined as a property partner. He will take over from the current head of department Andrew Crawford next year. Amery-Parkes will close its London office on Friday 14 September. It is unclear where the firm's four other London partners and four solicitors will go. Amery-Parkes' Bristol-based head of litigation Christopher Simmons was unavailable for comment, but Black said: "The firm has taken the decision to close its London office. It will still operate from Birmingham, Bristol and Basingstoke, focusing on PI and litigation. It may continue to do a little bit of conveyancing, but really the focus will be on that side of the business. "There has been a recognition that this is where the main focus of the firm should be."