London firm Vizards Staples & Bannisters has poached a partner from rival insurance litigation practice Berrymans Lace Mawer.
Professional indemnity lawyer Gordon Walker is leaving the 85-partner national firm after three years, taking assistant Martin Turner with him to deal with claims handling.
Walker refuses to comment on whether his clients will be following him to the firm, which was formed seven months ago from the merger of the greater part of Vizards with London insurance firm Bannisters.
Walker says: “Vizards has been very attractive since the merger in the early part of last year – it is a very forward looking firm.
“The fact that two people joined them from Davies Arnold Cooper last year is a sign that people other than me thought this was a good firm to be at.”
Walker joins a team of six other partners working on professional indemnity at Vizards and is charged with developing the area alongside the existing members.
Vizards senior partner Martin Staples says: “Walker is a very good lawyer and his joining is a great boost for our professional indemnity people. It’s an area we hope to continue to develop.”
Walker says: “The plans are to keep on expanding in the insurance area, because that is what Vizards is good at. It is one of the firms in insurance that is going from strength to strength.”
Berrymans national senior partner Paul Taylor says: “Gordon joined us from another firm and we had hoped he would attract a larger client base than he did. He tried very hard but he didn’t do as well as we had both hoped.
“I think he feels that the ideas he had and the initiatives he had planned might be better developed at Vizards – and we both think it’s the right thing for him to do. We wish him well.”