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Nabarro Nathanson has poached partner Barry Maytum from top Reading firm Clarks as part of its drive to expand its Reading base.
Maytum says his move from the 15-partner Thames Valley firm was driven by the desire to attract larger corporate clients, particularly in the IT sector.
Rosemary Martin-Jones, who heads the Reading office, says the firm grew by a quarter in the last year alone.
"We have been looking for a quality corporate partner and Barry meets that requirement. With him joining us we will be able to continue the growth we have achieved to date of our corporate work," she says.
Michael Sippitt, managing partner of Clarks, says: "We are sorry to be losing Barry as in his relatively short time at Clarks he has contributed to our development of new specialist skills. We do not expect Barry's departure to have any adverse effects on our continued growth."
Maytum joined the company/commercial department of Clarks after leaving City firm Frere Cholmeley Bischoff. He became a partner in August.
The 37-year-old partner will join Nabarros' eight-partner Reading office in May.