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NICHE insurance and construction litigation firm Merricks has profited from Lewis Silkin's continued restructuring by taking two insurance partners to launch a new London office.

The two partners, Dennis Wilkins and Jonathan Suckling, joined existing Merricks partners Tim Hunt and Robert Muskath in opening the London office last month.

Merricks, which has rapidly expanded since it was founded in 1987, now has a network of four offices, with other offices in Ipswich, Chelmsford and Birmingham.

The departure of Wilkins and Suckling from Lewis Silkin follows the Westminster firm's announcement that it is to close its office in Farnham, which specialised in conveyancing and mortgage repossessions.

Lewis Silkin senior partner Roger Alexander said: “The departures were related to the strategic move by the firm away from high volume, lower value work.”

Merricks senior partner Anthony Sheppard said: “We have been considering a city base for some time.”