Greenwoods boosts PI with Barlows and Taylor Joynson raids

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert and Taylor Joynson Garrett have been plundered by insurance defendant litigation firm Greenwoods.
Both firms have lost senior practitioners to the City upstart as Greenwoods boosts its personal injury practice. Malcolm Henke and Stephen Howcroft have left Barlows, while Graham Briggs and Tim Wain have defected from Taylor Joynson.
Managing clerk Henke, who is not a qualified lawyer, joined Barlows only two years ago when he left Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) with Simon Curtis and David Pipkin. He was head of common law at Barlows and he has joined Greenwoods as senior executive. Former Taylor Joynson partner Briggs joins the Greenwoods partnership and Howcroft and Wain will become senior associates at the firm.
Greenwoods chief executive Christopher Crowcroft said: “When you see good people come across your radar screen, you have to grab them.
“Greenwoods has undergone considerable growth over the past year, and these appointments are further steps in our development as a London-based litigation centre of excellence for both insurance and corporate clients.”
The firm acts for a number of insurance names, including CGNU, Direct Line and Lloyd's syndicates. It is looking to grow by 50 per cent dur-ing the next four years. Crowcroft said he was expecting the incoming lawyers to bring some clients with them, but did not specify names.
Henke was followed to Barlows by former DAC client Royal & SunAlliance when he moved there.
Crowcroft commented: “There will be some client movement, but we were mainly looking for people who can take Greenwoods from 60 people to more than 100.”