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Nabarro Nathanson has hived off its charities practice, with the three-lawyer group set to join Bath-based charity specialists Stone King from the start fo the new financial year.
Nabarros' practice, headed by rated charities partner Jonathan Burchfield, is the third charity practice from a City firm to join with Stone King, following similar moves by Simmons & Simmons and Stephenson Harwood in 2000.
Burchfield said: "There was a realisation that a charities practice doesn't belong in a thriving commercial practice such as Nabarros.
"We feel the market is moving towards charity-specialist firms and there's no need for our practice to be with a large commercial firm and the heavy overheads that implies."
While Burchfield stressed that the move was with mutual agreement, for Nabarros it marks the second practice area the firm has cut loose in recent times. In September last year, the firm closed its patent prosecution practice after IP partner Barbara Cookson quit the firm to set up on her own.
Burchfield and Stephen Ravenscroft will join Stone King as partners, while junior associate Martha Burnige also moves over from Nabarros.
The Nabarros team takes with it clients such as Arts Council England, Diabetes UK and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. It will continue to be based in London, operating out of Stone King's Holborn offices.
Nabarros senior partner Simon Johnston said: "The move will clearly create a strong team in this niche area of law. We wish the team well."