DAVIES Wallis Foyster has poached a Berrymans Lace Mawer partner to head
its competition law, IT and IP department.
Berrymans salaried partner Laurence Pritchard joins Davies Wallis Foyster
in September. His remit is to expand the department. Pritchard is one of
four partners in Berrymans' Liverpool-based company and commercial law
Pritchard says he is leaving Berrymans due to “frustration” at his
inability to expand the firm's IP practice.
However, Berrymans' corporate partner in the Liverpool office Terry
Montague says: “I am surprised, my understanding certainly wasn't that
there was an inability to develop the IP practice here.
“If he had said he wanted to do that we would have been absolutely
Pritchard says Davies Wallis Foyster, a 45-partner practice with offices
in Liverpool and Manchester, intends to “grow” its commercial, IT and IP
Two weeks ago The Lawyer revealed that 85-partner Berrymans was shaking up
its Middle Eastern practice after losing the head of its Dubai office to
Berrymans has also been in secret merger talks with Davies Arnold Cooper.