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RADCLIFFES & Co partners Christopher Jackson and Martin Walsh have left the Westminster firm as it gears up for its imminent merger with London practice Crossman Block.
The pair, who handed in their notice in January, start this week as partners in the 14-partner corporate and commercial group at Richards Butler.
They join trainee solicitor Helen Burridge, who has transferred her articles to the firm.
Walsh will handle management buy-outs and mergers and acquisitions while Jackson, a specialist in cross-border work, will look at banking, anti-trust law and mergers and acquisitions work.
The two, who joined Radcliffes as part of the 1991 merger with Heald Nickinson, maintain that their departures are not linked to the evolution of the new Radcliffes Crossman Block and say they resigned from the partnership before talks between the merging firms began.
"Richards Butler is an international firm with a very broad international base of clients and a foreign office network," says Jackson. "We wanted to develop our practice in that context.
"We were very excited by where the firm was going, in terms of its plans both here in the UK and internationally, Jackson adds.
"Our discussions had in fact started with Richards Butler before the merger at Radcliffes was even mooted. The decision we made was based on our plans for the future."