Beachcroft is hiring a 10-strong team of lawyers from Halliwells’ healthcare practice, leaving the latter with just one partner in that group.
Partners Christopher Briggs and Simon Wortley are set to join Beachcroft with four associates and four solicitors. Andrew Peel is the sole remaining healthcare partner at Halliwells. He heads the practice.
Negotiations over the team’s start date are ongoing, but it is expected to join Beachcroft’s Manchester office ahead of its relocation to the city’s Spinningfields district in late May.
In April 2008 Beachcroft raided Eversheds for healthcare chief David Weatherburn, who joined the firm with a team of 27 lawyers (17 April 2008).
Head of healthcare Nigel Montgomery said the move would fill a gap in Beachcroft’s national healthcare practice. “It [healthcare] is absolutely a growth area and has grown substantially over the last three years,” he said.
Halliwells managing partner Jonathan Brown said: “Halliwells will still maintain strong healthcare teams in Manchester and Sheffield under the leadership of Andrew Peel. We’re already recruiting to replace the leaving personnel and Halliwells remains on all panels for existing clients.”
In December, insurance firm Kennedys took a team of eight partners and a total of 70 staff from Halliwells’ Sheffield office to launch a base in the city (18 December 2008).
This came after Plexus Law launched a Manchester office with a group of Halliwells insurance liability partners (9 November 2009).