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FLADGATE Fielder's head of private client work Peter FitzGerald has switched to Wiltshire firm Wilsons.
A second partner, also called Peter FitzGerald and his younger cousin, has left Fladgates to join the Salisbury-based practice which is building up its agricultural estates team.
"I do not believe any private client, however wealthy, is happy with London charging rates. There has been a flow of this kind of work out of London over the years and I would much prefer to be on the receiving end," says the older FitzGerald.
"The firm was not losing work, but it was hard to attract new clients."
Fladgates chair Paul Leese says Andrew McKenzie, specialising on the tax side, will now lead the London team and will continue to offer a City service to private clients.
"In the long-term, work in agricultural estates is probably gravitating to firms like Wilsons," Leese concedes.
But he believes Fladgates is still best-placed to handle large commercial property matters.
The farming and estates team at Wilsons is led by Rhoddy Voremberg who now oversees eight fee-earners.
Four years ago Wilsons, now a 17-partner practice, took over the private client department of City-based McKenna & Co.