Mills & Reeve poaches rival

Taylor Vinters' senior partner is joining rival Cambridge firm Mills & Reeve.

Herbert Robinson leaves Taylor Vinters after nearly 30 years with the firm and one of its predecessors, Taylors of Newmarket. He will join Mills & Reeve as a partner in the commercial property group.

He follows his wife, Isabel Napper, who left Taylor Vinters for Mills & Reeve when the couple married last year. Napper is one of the two principal partners in Mills & Reeve's intellectual property team.

Robinson stresses that his decision to join the 50 partner firm is a career move. “After 30 years I am looking for wider horizons. I am 54 years old and this is offering me a new challenge.

“I am particularly interested in Mills & Reeve because they are a bigger firm and they offer me wider horizons.”

Mills & Reeve managing partner Duncan Ogilvy says: “The high-tech and biotechnology boom in Cambridge has led to some significant property opportunities, and to have someone of Herbert's experience to work alongside [commercial property partner] Tony Cowper is very good news indeed.”

Robinson has given Taylor Vinters notice from April 2000, but an earlier departure is being negotiated.