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Charles Russell has pulled out of clinical negligence work after a series of raids left it bereft of any partners in the practice.
The firm will also scale down its personal injury (PI) practice, maintaining just one specialist PI lawyer to service its private client base.
A firm spokesman confirmed: “We’re not going to do clinical negligence anymore.”
Penningtons hit the firm for its joint clinical negligence chief Grainne Barton in June, little more than a year after she was appointed to the post. She joined Penningtons as an associate.
Barton co-headed the practice with Richard Vallance, who in May defected to Field Fisher Waterhouse along with partner Edwina Rawson and three associates (The Lawyer, 3 May).
The departure of the five-strong team prompted partner Amanda Stevens, who led the clinical negligence team in the firm’s London office, to resign last month to join Irwin Mitchell (The Lawyer, 16 July).
Stevens said: “I was the only partner by the time I came to leave and there are limits to what you can do. It makes it easier if you’re surrounded by personal injury lawyers.” Stevens is well known in the claimant PI market as a past president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.