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ROYAL solicitors Farrer & Co is beefing up its private client base by poaching Stephenson Harwood's head of corporate tax and swallowing theremainder of Rowe & Maw's private client department.Stephenson Harwood partner John Carrell is heading for Farrers, where hewill be joined by Rowe & Maw's head of the private client department.Carrell, who practised at Stephenson Harwood for 18 years, is set to heada specialist tax team which provides advice to private, institutional andcorporate clients.Richard Powles, who heads up Rowe & Maw's private client department,starts this week. One assistant is going with him while the rest of thedepartment will be redeployed in other Rowe & Maw departments.Powles was the last partner in the firm doing private client workfollowing the departure - as exclusively revealed in The Lawyer (3 May) -of James Denker and Penny Chapman, who quit to join Westminster firmBircham & Co's charity unit.As department head, Powles undertook a strategic review of the provisionof a private client service at the City firm, says a Rowe & Maw spokesman."His conclusion was that it no longer sat well within the firm. In effecthe managed himself out of a job," says the spokesman.Powles, in his early 50s, was made head of private client at Rowe & Mawafter stepping down as managing partner last year.
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