Donn & Co sets its sights on insurance work with the opening of defence section

Manchester firm Donn & Co has recruited insurance litigation specialist Nick Close to head up a new defence section within its personal injury department.

Close will join the firm in January when he leaves Liverpool-based Davies Wallis Foyster. He will be responsible for expanding the department.

Senior partner Raymond Donn said the firm engaged in extensive market research before deciding to set up the department and is confident of competing at a national level. “We have a number of insurance contacts who have said they will support us,” he said.

The firm has been recognised for its plaintiff work in the personal injury field, but Donn said the establishment of a defence department would not be off-putting for clients.

“Providing the departments are autonomous and independent, as they will be, then they’re comfortable,” he said.

Lesley Hughes has also joined the Donns’ defence team as associate partner from Pannone & Partners.