Martineau Johnson loses Birmingham energy partner

Martineau Johnson energy specialist Paul Brennan has quit the Birmingham firm to pursue interests outside the profession of the law.

The move is a further blow to Martineaus, which has suffered a string of partner losses in the past 12 months.

In January, Martineaus head of pensions Simon Laight left the firm to join Pinsents’ Birmingham office. In the same month, the firm’s highly-rated head of education Nicola Hart also joined Pinsents after seven months’ gardening leave, and last October Martineaus lost head of private client Matthew Hansell to Mills & Reeve.

Brennan, who has been a partner at Martineaus for seven years, advised Warwick Energy on the Barrow Offshore Wind Farm project.
Historically, he has also been instructed by trophy client National Grid Transco.

“I felt I’d gone as far as I could with Martineau Johnson and had been looking to move for some time now. Stepping down from the partnership has given me the opportunity to explore other avenues and I’m currently developing some intellectual property of my own with a new venture, Brennan Knight. For the moment, though, I’m keeping one foot in the legal market,” explained Brennan.

Martineaus failed to return calls for comment.