… as leading Birmingham partner quits

Edge Ellison's Birmingham office is losing a highly-rated planning partner to Pinsent Curtis.

Planning and environmental law specialist Martin Damms is joining Pinsents as an associate.

Edge Ellison's head of planning Mark Newcombe says that Damms left on “amicable terms”. But it is unclear why he is taking a step down from partner to associate level.

He is the second high profile lawyer to leave the firm in the past month. Head of energy Rory Tait left for Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn in May.