Five Edward Lewis partners go to Finers

Newly-merged West End firm Finers Stephens Innocent has taken on five partners from dissolving City firm Edward Lewis.

The equity partners and six assistants, will move at the end of this month following the decision made three months ago to wind up Edward Lewis, which is the subject of several sex discrimination allegations.

Peter Carter, member of the management board and head of corporate at Edward Lewis, is the most senior of the five who are leaving.

He is joined by head of the private client department Michael Lewis, who will take on the same position at Finers Stephens Innocent, family partner Alan Kaufman, commercial litigation partner Howard Zetter and property partner Michael Kutner.

All five will take their client bases with them.

Kutner says: “We are delighted to be joining a firm that is clearly going places. We are sure that we and our clients will be happy here.”

The recruitments come less than a month after the completion of the merger between property and commercial firm Finers and niche City media practice Stephens Innocent, and are part of an aggressive expansion plan .

Richard Gerstein, managing partner at Finers Stephens Innocent, says: “We have carried out a careful review of our existing and future market places and identified areas of growth. This represents the first stage in a planned expansion programme.

“There are a number of other practice and industry sectors into which we intend to expand and the hunt for more quality lawyers continues.”

The new recruits will bring the number of partners at Finers Stephens Innocent to 38, with the firm planning to take on more office space in the near future to cater for the growth.