Laytons duo head for rivals after Bristol review

Laytons’ South West rivals have scooped up two partners from its Bristol arm in the wake of a management review designed to address flagging profitability in Laytons’ Bristol office.

TLT Solicitors has hired a four-lawyer team from Laytons’ commercial department. Laytons commercial partner and head of the trade and technology group Perran Jervis joined the firm last Wednesday (1 December), taking with him a trio of lawyers.

It is hoped that the team’s expertise in retail outsourcing will complement TLT’s existing leisure practice, whose clients include First Choice and Ladbrokes.

Meanwhile, TLT managing partner David Pester, who has overseen the firm’s growth in recent years, has been appointed for a second term.
At the same time, Laytons’ Bristol construction head Barrie Hobbs is leaving for Clarke Willmott. He is expected to join the firm’s Bristol office in January, taking with him a team including a senior associate and an assistant lawyer.

The move follows the recent departure of Laytons’ Bristol managing partner Louise Brown, also to Clarke Willmott.

The departures leave Laytons’ Bristol arm with four partners focusing largely on mid-tier corporate work.