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SOLICITOR David Macnamara has broken away from established Hull practice Stamp Jackson & Procter to set up as a sole practitioner.
Macnamara has bought out the office in Withernsea where he has been partner in charge for the last 10 years.
Both sides describe the buyout as "very amicable" and Macnamara intends to retain links with his former partners for specialist services such as compensation and business law.
He says he took the decision to go it alone because he was moving in a different direction from Stamp Jackson & Procter.
"I have been developing more of a family-based practice while they have been specialising in areas such as corporate and personal injury work," he says.
Macnamara adds that he is well aware of the tough environment for sole practitioners and says that he may consider joining forces with another firm at a later stage.
Gerald Procter, senior partner at Stamp Jackson & Procter, says: "Over the past 10 years David has consolidated a sound client base at Withernsea which is best served by an experienced and dedicated sole practitioner.
"We look forward to having a continuing professional relationship."