Five key shipping litigators at City firm Holmes Hardingham have left to set up their own firm.
The departures leave Holmes Hardingham with eight partners and, although it retains some ship litigation expertise, the practice is now focused on trade disputes, marine insurance and yachts.
The departures include one of Holmes Hardingham’s founding partners Glenn Winter. Winter counts among his clients the large Norwegian protection and indemnity (P&I) club Skuld.
The new firm, named Winter Scott, also includes partners Ken Scott, Michael Ellis, Tim Houghton and Damian Wilkes, as well as three assistants. Scott declined to comment on the reasons for the departure.
Four of Holmes Hardingham’s six founding partners remain at the firm. One, Anthony Holmes, retired from the practice in 2002 and remains a consultant.
Holmes Hardingham continues to handle some shipping work, particularly marine cargo claims. Partners Adrian Hardingham and Tim Knight, who remain at the firm, are highly rated in transport and goods in transport claims work.