Six partners to merge with Brabners; DLA, Cobbetts, Pinsents and Halliwells share remaining ten
Manchester firm Chaffe Street has officially dissolved its partnership after its 16 partners signed a partition agreement in mid-December. Chaffe Street formally dissolved on 31 December 2001, leaving all partners free to work for other firms from 2 January. Of the firm's original 16 partners, just six are staying together. They are joining North West firm Brabners, which will now be named Brabners Chaffe Street. The new firm will have offices in Liverpool, Manchester and Preston. Chaffe Street's former premises will become the Manchester office of the merged firm. Senior partner Robert Street will remain in charge of the Manchester office. Of the former Chaffe Street partners, 10 are not joining the merged firm. DLA's managing partner Nigel Knowles confirmed that three insolvency partners - Shan Spencer, Pater Samekh and Martin Keates - have agreed to join DLA. They take with them three assistants and a trainee. Corporate partner Richard Hepworth and banking partner Shaun Rearden have joined Cobbetts, while a further four partners - Chris Lumsden, Anna Whetham, Paul Johnson and Sean Fitzgerald - have opened Pinsent Curtis Biddle's new Manchester office. Chaffe Street head of litigation Janine Allen joins Halliwell Landau, taking one assistant with her. It is understood that the partners were able to start work at other firms straight away because, after agreeing to dissolve the Chaffe Street partnership, they did not have any notice to serve. Together with senior partner Robert Street, corporate partners Tom Burton and Mark Brandwood, property partners John Street and Awen Wright and employment partner Paul Chamberlain will join the merged firm. Robert Street said: "Chaffe Street's niche has been corporate transactions. Brabners does a lot of this work also, but it has a much broader service, which will benefit our clients. The strategic fit is perfect."