Dibb Lupton Alsop's Birmingham office has lost an equity partner to Stratford-on-Avon firm Lodders.
Richard Ollis was a property lawyer at the office and is believed to have handled all Allied Dunbar property work.
His new firm is a small three-office practice which specialises in private client and agriculture work. Ollis' arrival in the commercial department will bring the firm up to 10 partners.
Ollis says that he has moved to the firm because he originally comes from Stratford and wanted to go home.
"Lodders is a highly respected local firm and I have known all the partners for many years," he adds.
"I am looking forward to working on my home territory in a dynamic and enthusiastic firm, where my expertise and experience can really make a difference."
He was originally with Needham & James, staying through its merger with Dibbs six years ago.
Lodders' senior partner Nigel Phillips says: "We are delighted that Richard is joining us. His appointment will significantly strengthen our growing commercial team. Richard's move will reinforce Lodders as the leading private client and commercial practice in the area."
Ollis will officially start at Lodders on 1 May and he is the second high profile partner to leave Dibbs' Birmingham office this year, following managing partner Nick Seddon's departure to join an IT company.
A Dibbs spokesman says that it is unlikely that Ollis will take any of the Allied Dunbar work with him because of the small amount of commercial work carried out at Lodders.