Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) is losing its head of commercial property to Nabarro Nathanson just three weeks after its head of corporate was poached by another rival.
Nick Collins, a salaried partner who has been at the firm for 10 years, will be joined at Nabarros by Belinda Solomon, who was made up to a salaried partner in in DAC's corporate department in June.
The departures come just three weeks after DAC lost its second head of corporate in nine months when Charles Wander announced he would be returning to his former firm Fladgate Fielder (The Lawyer, 4 October).
Robert Lee, senior equity partner in commercial property at DAC, will take over the running of the department.
Collins says: “Both Belinda and I felt that if we were to continue to grow our practices successfully then we would need the additional and substantial resources and experience that Nabarros can bring to the table.”
Collins says he does not know when he will join Nabarros since he is still in talks with DAC about a departure date.
Danny Gowan, head of construction and engineerring and sector head of the non-contentious unit, at DAC, says: “Nick was the head of commercial property which involves a lot of management which was not to his taste.
“He joined somewhere that centres solely on property which is an understandable attraction.”
David Bramson, senior partner at Nabarros, says that Collins' and Solomon's arrivals will take the number of partners in the property department up to 37.
He says: “We have known about him [Collins] for some time. We have mutual clients that think very highly of him.”
Commenting on the likelihood of Collins taking clients with him to Nabarros, Bramson says: “There are a number of clients he acts for that we share. I'm sure he will continue to work for them here.”
Bramson says he is not sure if Nabarros approached Collins and Solomon about joining the firm. “It was just one of those conversations that developed over a few months,” he says.
Soloman refused to comment.