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Lewis Silkin partner Gareth Brahams has quit the firm to launch an employment practice with litigation boutique Stewarts Law.
Brahams said he made the move as he wanted to work in a smaller practice.
“I’d switched from being one of five partners to being one of 18 [during my time at Lewis Silkin] - inevitably the role has changed,” he said. “Having looked at the market, I knew I wanted a greenfield site where I could influence strategy.”
Brahams said Lewis Silkin tended to act more for corporates, while he preferred to represent individuals.
“I’ve always had a big focus on working for individuals,” he said.
“When I joined Lewis Silken it was a 50-50 balance, now it’s more like 80-20 towards employers. I’ve been slipping out of the mainstream and want to get back.”
Last year Stewarts Law raided Manches for litigation partner duo Clive Zietman and Andrew Shaw (The Lawyer, 13 April 2009).