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Finers Stephens Innocent is snapping up a property finance partner from Wilde & Partners, the firm swallowed up by Hammond Suddards Edge in July.
Martin Smith has a client base focused on small to medium developer and lender clients, as well as some UK banks. He says they will move with him, but that they fitted better with Finers anyway. "Finers offered a much more similar client base than Hammonds, which is bigger and more institutional-focused," he said. "It wasn't that I didn't want to go to Hammonds, it was just that the Finers fit was much better." Finers managing partner Anthony Barling said the firm had been looking for a property finance partner for a long time. It currently has two partners, David Battiscombe and Melvyn Orton, in the property group doing property finance, and one, Paul Millett, in the corporate department.