Collyer Bristow takes on music firm Kanaar

Collyer Bristow has swallowed music and entertainment practice Kanaar & Co in the week that it announced its first chief executive.

`The new head is Jonathan Fox, formerly DLA’s client relationship manager who has been recruited to increase Collyer Bristow‘s “personal touch”, the firm said.`Fox said he would aim to make Collyer Bristow a more intimate firm. “I intend following the business strategy of the banks reopening in the high street to show clients they matter,” he said. Before he joined DLA, Fox worked in the marketing department of Boots.`Nicholas Kanaar joins the firm’s music and entertainment group, along with his assistant and three non-fee-earners. He said he was moving to offer a better service to his clients, which include rock band Status Quo and dance act Chicane.`When asked why he chose to abandon running his own firm, Kanaar said: “I had some psychological reservations at first, as I will no longer be the boss, but I would like to be a bigger fish in a larger pond.”`He will be a salaried partner at the firm after opting not to become part of the equity. Brian Martelli, a partner, is the only member of Kanaar & Co not to join Collyer Bristow. He is due to retire soon.`Paisner & Co’s private client partner Daniel Simon is also moving to Collyer Bristow together with all his clients, including the Natural History Museum. Simon, who will join a three-partner department, decided to move his practice after his firm merged with Berwin Leighton.`”Large firms such as Berwin Leighton Paisner prioritise large clients,” he said. “I did not have the opportunity to expand my private client practice at Berwin Leighton Paisner, but I will be able to at Collyer Bristow.”`Simon decided to move in April just before the merger. Berwin Leighton partners dominate the merged firm, and private client is not one of its core practice areas. His departure follows the defection of Paisner & Co’s charity department to Farrar & Co weeks before the merger.