Prince Evans settles ex-partner dispute

A legal dispute between niche property firm Prince Evans and its former senior partner Louis Robert has resolved a week before going to trial, with Robert due to begin a partnership role at Winckworth Sherwood today (16 June).

As reported in The Lawyer (7 January), three of Prince Evans’ five partners – finance director Robert Jennings, head of commercial Thomas Lemon and head of personal injury Bryan Neill – launched proceedings against Robert after they claimed he tried to dissolve the firm’s partnership.

The case, which was due to be heard in the High Court this week, has settled and Robert has joined Winckworth along with his team of three associates.

Jennings said the firm had reached an “amicable agreement” with Robert, adding that Prince Evans’ practice was robust.

A source at the firm said the dispute arose because “Louis wasn’t able to get the weight behind him from the partners to deliver the service he wanted to his clients. It’s frustrating when you want to be playing on a national stage and partners don’t want to move out of Ealing.”

Robert’s practice focuses on social housing and he counts the Genesis and Dominion housing groups among his clients.

Robert ;declined ;to comment on the case.