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While DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland is optimistic about his firm's post-merger strategy with Ricksons, it seems that not everyone in the Ricksons camp is convinced.
On the day the two firms completed their merger on 1 January, Ricksons lost its head of private client and an assistant to Pannone (The Lawyer, 8 January). Now Ricksons has lost a commercial litigation team, comprising a partner and two associates, to Weightmans.
"Am I truly worried? Not really," said Leaitherland. "If you bring people from a smaller team, where they sat on top of the pile, into a far bigger one, it can be difficult for them to progress their careers with any certainty. So they look for other opportunities.
"While integration has gone well, realistically we'll probably have another one or two people coming out of the woodwork."
Out of the woodwork and out of the firm. But how many more can it afford to lose?