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Two partners and two associates have quit Liverpool firm Silverbeck Rymer - which has now lost six partners, including four heads of department and four associates, in the past two months.
Plaintiff litigation partner Keith Teare and associate Mark Bratherton - said to be the highest fee earner at the firm - have joined JST Mackintosh, set up in July by former Silverbeck Rymer partners Clive Mackintosh, John Shield and Howard Jones.
Partner Tom Myles and associate Peter Holland have quit the defendant litigation department and gone to Davies Wallis Foyster.
Silverbeck Rymer recently decided to concentrate on insurance litigation work - which makes up 90 per cent of its fee income.
Teare said: "I didn't like the direction the firm was going in."
The firm has responded to the departures by promoting Michael Chan to partner and four assistant solicitors to associates.
Partner Charles Rymer said: "Our chosen strategy to focus more on litigation is already proving to be the right one. As a company we are enjoying considerable growth."