Lester Aldridge lures Shoosmiths team to new Milton Keynes office

South Coast firm Lester Aldridge is opening an office in Milton Keynes with the hire of a team from Shoosmiths.

James Baird joins Lester Aldridge as a partner, bringing with him associates Melanie Chell and Vicky Loughnane. Previously in Shoosmiths’ Northampton asset finance team, they will bolster Lester Alridge’s Midlands practice.

Kevin Heath, head of Lester Aldridge’s finance team, said Baird is highly respected by clients.

“Our aim in opening the new office is to build upon existing client relationships in Milton Keynes,” he added. “James and his team, having established themselves in the Midlands, are well placed to help us to implement this strategy.”

Baird praised the asset finance group at his new firm, adding: “Lester Aldridge will give me the best platform to move my practice forward.”

The hire of Baird and his associates brings the total number of lawyers in Lester Alridge’s asset finance team to 13, including four partners.