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Morgan Cole has lost one of its leading lawyers to construction specialist Masons.
David Isaacs, who has been with the firm for more than 10 years, will join the construction specialist as an equity partner.
Company and business lawyer Isaacs is currently based at Morgan Cole's Thames Valley office. He looks after the firm's charity practice as well as heading the education group.
Masons commerce and finance partner Russell Booker confirms Isaacs will be joining the firm as an equity partner.
He adds: "We have got a focus that fits in very closely with the sort of work that Isaacs has been doing.
"He is joining a bigger group of people with a like mind."
Booker says Isaacs will not be taking staff with him but says: "It will be a matter for them, but I would be surprised if they did not follow him judging by his reputation and expertise."
The appointment is the latest in a series of high-profile hires by Masons. Earlier this year the firm poached the UK head of legal Linda Ashman from US industrial giant Textron (The Lawyer, 17 January).
And at the end of last year, the firm scored a coup by hiring specialist lawyer Rosemary Jay, who joined from the Data Protection Registrar (The Lawyer, 13 December).
It is understood that Isaacs made the decision to leave Morgan Cole for personal reasons and that his departure is amicable.
Morgan Cole and Isaacs were unavailable for comment.