In brief: Foot & Bowden expanding eastwards

Plymouth-based firm Foot & Bowden is expanding to the east of Devon with a takeover of the Exeter office of five-partner Burd Pearse. The 25-partner firm of Foot & Bowden will keep on Burd Pearse's two Exeter lawyers, partner Simon Gregory and assistant Michael Gay, and most of Burd Pearse's Exeter administration staff. The remaining Burd Pearse lawyers will remain at their Okehampton and Torrington offices and continue their association with Tavistock firm A Craig-Mooney & Co. In the New Year, Foot & Bowden's Plymouth partners Tony Jaffa and Janet Maclay will move to Exeter. Jaffa will become managing partner of the Exeter office.