Breachers 'family' to go separate ways

LONDON firm Brecher & Co is to lose three of its four Brecher family members and a handful of senior lawyers in a shake-out prior to its expected October merger with City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones.

Meetings of the Brecher partners last week discussed those who are to stay with the merger and those who are “extra to requirements”, according to sources close to the firm.

Founder David Brecher is expected to become a consultant at the merged firm, which will keep the name Nicholson Graham & Jones.

Brecher's brother and partner Henry is understood not to be joining the new firm, nor his son Andrew, an assistant solicitor believed to have resigned to set up his own practice. Daughter Valerie is thought to be retiring due to ill health.

Other lawyers are leaving of their own accord. Trevor Asserson, salaried litigation partner, is understood to be working his notice before joining Bird & Bird. Senior solicitor Serena Tierney, ex-head of Brechers' intellectual property department, joined niche media firm Marriott Harrison last week.

Brechers partner Ian Green said: “We are at a very sensitive stage. As with other mergers, there will be organisational changes but at the present time we are not in a position to detail this.”

Michael Johns, managing partner of Nicholson Graham & Jones, said: “It's at a very delicate stage. They are talking to some people who will not be joining us, so it's critical in human terms.

“We think they have got some reorganisation issues which need to be tackled. They have agreed with that. The responsibility for achieving that is theirs, not ours.”