Masons opens up in Leeds

Masons officially opens a new office in Leeds next week which will be filled with construction lawyers and a trio of computer specialists who have defected from Dibb Lupton Broomhead.

Shelagh Gaskill, a leading computer lawyer, has joined Masons as a partner from Dibbs' Leeds office. Associate Zoe Ollerenshaw and assistant Ken Cooke have also switched firms.

Masons says that Gaskill, editor of the Data Protection Encyclopaedia, has already helped the firm win “substantial” IT outsourcing business.

Construction partner Keith Hartley is being moved from Masons in Hong Kong to run the new office and Mark Richards is switching from London.

Gaskill's departure is the latest in a series of moves within the computer law field including the arrival at Dibbs last year of David Barrett from Theodore Goddard.

Paul Rhodes, managing partner, said computer law partner Alistair Maughan had been moved from London to Sheffield in order to cover the northern market.

“As far as we are concerned it is business as usual,” he says.

Dibbs has also lost its head of debt collection Gerard Barron who has joined Lupton Fawcett. Operations manager in debt collection Ian Long-bottom has joined Booth & Co which leaves accountant Paddy Linighan to head the team.

Dibbs shut its Bromley debt collection office last week.