Lester Aldridge to open Milton Keynes office

South Coast firm Lester Aldridge is launching a new office in Milton Keynes with the hire of a partner from Shoosmiths.

James Baird joins Lester Aldridge from Shoosmiths, where he was an associate in the Northampton asset finance team. He brings with him associates Melanie Chell and Vicky Loughnane.

The hires will boost Lester Aldridge’s finance practice, which has a client list including Lloyds TSB and BNP Paribas. Kevin Heath, head of asset finance, said: “Our aim in opening the new office is to build upon existing finance client relationships in Milton Keynes and beyond. James and his team, having established themselves in the Midlands, are well placed to help us to implement this strategy.”