Dadds gains Druces family team

Gordon Dadds' family department has regained its place as one of the country's largest by poaching Druces & Attlee's two-partner family law group.
Druces & Attlee's head of family Kathryn Peat, partner David Ruck, assistant solicitor Ann Northover and secretarial staff, will all move to Gordon Dadds on 7 June. It is the second coup in a month for Gordon Dadds, after the firm recruited Susan Philipps, formerly Penningtons' head of family law, and her two assistants in March.
Douglas Alexiou, Gordons' family department head, says the move in the past month to double the number of its family partners to six, returns the department to the size it was three years ago, when two partners left to join Withers. But with 10-12 fee earners, he says it has more earning power than ever before.
Richard Monkcom, a Druces & Attlee partner and member of the firm's management board, says it will now abandon family law.
“It wasn't a core part of our business. We are obviously sorry that partners are leaving, but it doesn't have a huge impact on the firm. We are now going to concentrate on our core areas [institutional property, corporate work, hotels and leisure]. It was only ever a niche add-on.”
Peat, seen as a specialist on “big money” cases, sits as a deputy district judge and assistant recorder on the South Eastern Circuit and is expected to fit in well with Gordon's focus on high-end private clients.