Holmes Hardingham suffers five partner break-away

Holmes Hardingham’s ship litigation practice has been left depleted after five of its key partners left to set up their own practice.

The new firm, to be called Winter Scott, will count Glenn Winter as a partner who was one of the founders of Holmes Hardingham. Highly rated in his field, Winter’s client list includes Norwegian protection and indemnity (P&I) club Skuld.

Joining Winter will be partners Ken Scott, Michael Ellis, Tim Houghton and Damian Wilkes as well as three assistants.

Scott declined to comment on the reasons for the departures but said: “It was done with mutual agreement.”

The exits leave Holmes Hardingham, founded in 1989, with eight partners. It’s core areas are commodity trade disputes, marine insurance and yachts and it retains some ship litigation expertise.