Leading family law practitioner Mark Harper is set to leave Anthony Gold Lerman & Muirhead, where he is currently head of the family department.
Harper, pictured right, has been a partner at Anthony Gold for the past 12 years and has built up a substantial client base.
He is leaving to join City-based firm Withers.
It is not clear whether a restrictive covenant was contained in the partnership agreement, but he says: “Ultimately it's up to the clients to decide if they will change law firms.”
However, instead of heading the family department, Harper will be one of seven family partners at Withers.
“I am not concerned about being a head of a department, as it is more important to be somewhere with new opportunities,” he says.
Anthony Gold partner, Kim Beatson, who will now take over the head position says: “I am sorry to see Mark go, but we have a strong, committed team and it's business as usual.”