Insolvency specialist Tim Pope has been recruited by Hammond Suddards from Dibb Lupton Broomhead, where he was a senior partner.
Pope joins partner and national head of Hammonds' insolvency department Stephen Gale in the London office, which now numbers six licensed insolvency practitioners.
According to Pope, the department is still recruiting "but below partner level - unless somebody outstanding comes along, in which case we're always interested".
He denied his move was a by-product of Dibbs' recent merger with Alsop Wilkinson. "I was aware of the merger after I handed in my resignation at the end of July, but I don't believe it would have made any difference to my position."
Pope's appointment ties in with the arrival of Gwen Griffiths, formerly a partner in Stephenson Harwood's banking group, to lead Hammonds' new banking unit.