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FIVE of Hong Kong firm Hampton Winter and Glynn's 11 partners have left or are currently in the process of leaving the practice.
The firm, which lost its two shipping partners Nicholas Mallard and Nigel Binnersley to London firm Hill Taylor Dickinson, has lost senior commercial partner Tim Gallie. Also leaving the firm is partner Martin Liston. David Cotterill becomes a consultant.
"It was all very amicable," says partner Sharon Ser. "We are regrouping and developing our China business which is our next major move. You need a good strong China practice."
She adds: "It is unlikely we will get involved in shipping. I don't think we will develop that side of the business as it is a small specialist market and none of us are shipping specialists."
About the split, she says: "The shipping people decided that it was better in terms of management to be working under Hill Taylor Dickinson. It was not a split."