Niche London practice Schilling & Lom and Partners has lost its founding partner and closed one of its most successful departments.
This week, Nicholas Lom will leave the firm he set up with Keith Schilling 17 years ago and take the film, television and media department with him. He is joining Simons Muirhead & Burton to become a media consultant, taking assistant Mark Wenbourn with him. Lom claimed he had cultivated Schilling & Lom as far as he could, and was looking forward to a new start. "My decision to move is not about career or money but about personal development," he said. "I have contributed all I can to Schilling & Lom, but feel I still have something to contribute to Simons Muirhead & Burton." Lom and Wenbourn will take all their clients to the new firm, but Schilling & Lom senior partner Schilling seemed content with the arrangement. "Nick's clients are Nick's clients. But from now on Schilling & Lom will not be doing as much film and television work," he said. Schilling plans to expand the sport and new media departments, which currently make up around 25 per cent of the firm's work. "Nick's departure is in line with the direction of the firm," said Schilling. "We're moving into new areas now." Talks between Lom and Simons Muirhead began six months ago. It is unclear who made the approach but Simons Muirhead's head of media and entertainment Simon Goldberg said the firm had been hoping to recruit new people. "We'd been looking for somebody, but had not spoken to a recruitment consultant, instead we were open to consideration with our contacts," he said.