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City firm Penningtons says it is adamant its family law practice will not suffer, despite the loss of its department head and two assistants. The head of the family practice, Susan Philipps, is leaving the firm after four years in the post. She has been a partner since 1986 and headed the team from 1994. Philipps and her two assistants, Emma Harte and Sara Hannell, will join 12-partner firm, Gordon Dadds, at the beginning of April. She joins a family team of four partners, and three assistants. A spokeswoman at Penningtons says: "There is no question of the family law practice closing." Family work at the London office is now in the hands of a consultant, Henry Brown. An associate, Jeremy Abraham, will be brought in next month and the firm says it will make more appointments. It has matrimonial departments at its Newbury and Basingstoke offices. Susan Bland, managing partner of Gordon Dadds, says: "We are very excited at Susan's appointment and we are also looking to expand in this area."