Badhams merger focuses on insurance

A merger between part of Badhams and niche professional indemnity firm Williams Davies Meltzer has created a new insurance firm called Plexus Law.

Badhams' London and Croydon offices will continue under the existing brand. They will concentrate on fast-track and general claims work
The new seven-partner firm will comprise Badhams' commercial risks and losses practice and the professional indemnity expertise of Williams Davies.
Plexus will operate as a stand-alone firm, although now partners in both Badhams and Plexus, Tim Oliver and Tim Roberts, will be involved in its management. Williams Davies founding partner Hugh Williams will lead the firm.
This extended secondment programme could lead to the sort of managed in-house teams already in evidence at Royal & SunAlliance.
In May, Badhams was involved in a shake-up at Royal & SunAlliance when the insurer signed an agreement with three law firms to transfer its in-house lawyers to them as employees. Badhams, Lyons Davidson and Davies Wallis Foyster all took on responsibility for the lawyers depending on where they were located.
Williams said that insurance law is a personality-driven market so he has plans to make a number of lateral partner hires.