Dibbs gets boost with three new partners

DIBB Lupton Alsop is appointing three new partners to its London and Birmingham offices.

Dibbs is recruiting a corporate recovery and insurance (CRI) insolvency team from Davies Arnold Cooper.

The team is headed by Nigel Montgomery, who brings with him Juliette Stevens, Geraldine Quirk and Stephen Hatherall.

Montgomery will become a partner at Dibbs.

Dibbs managing partner Nigel Knowles hopes that the appointments will bring the insurance part of the CRI team up to the strength of the corporate and insolvency work.

Meanwhile, Garretts partner Adrian Watson is joining Dibbs' commercial property department in Birmingham.

Garretts senior partner Paul Finlan says: “Garretts' unique culture, which has made us the UK's fastest-growing law firm, does not suit everyone. We accept Adrian's decision and wish him well in his new role.”

In May, Steven Edmonds will leave the Birmingham office of edge ellison to head a new criminal and regulatory department at Dibbs' office in the city.

At edge ellison, Edmonds became known as one of the region's heavyweights in the field. He is currently on gardening leave.

Dibbs' managing partner in Leeds, John Winkworth-Smith, is to retire in May – to become a novelist.

He has spent 37 years with the firm. When he joined back in 1962, Dibbs consisted of one partner, an assistant and two articled clerks.

Winkworth-Smith was a litigation specialist in steel manufacture and engin-eering in Sheffield for 30 years.

“As a litigation lawyer, I had to analyse the technical aspects of cases and I think my ability to do this will help me in my future career,” he says.

“The novels I plan to write will be fairly technical and will be about legal situations generally.”