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Halliwells has contin-ued its raid on DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary's Liver-pool office with the hire of a fourth partner in 10 months.
Banking partner Richard Capper is set to join Halli-wells, rejoining former DLA Piper colleagues Jonathan Brown, Colin Gibbon and Paul Jefferson.
The hire means Halliwells' Liverpool office now has 19 partners, compared with the 15 left at DLA Piper.
Halliwells moved into the city in January 2005 when it carried out its first-ever merger with property stalwart Cuff Roberts.
Halliwells managing partner Ian Austin said he was satisfied with the office's progress in terms of the firm's strategic plan for strength and size in the North West. He added: "The region more and more is looked at as a region, not just Manchester."
Capper's practice focuses on project and property finance and acts for both lenders and borrowers. He will be Halliwells' first Liverpool-based banking partner and will work alongside Susan Molloy and John Whatnall in Manchester.
Philip Rooney, DLA Piper Liverpool managing partner, said: "These things do happen, particularly when something new appears in town. The departures have not had a material effect on us."