Fennemores collapses as three more partners quit

Fennemores is set to dissolve this autumn after three partners and a large team of lawyers announced they were joining rival Milton Keynes firm Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors.

The embattled £11m turnover firm has been hit by a series of departures during the past months, beginning with the resignation of three partners in November 2005 to join emw law. Another two partners and three lawyers followed in February.

Fennemores’ commercial litigation partner Guy Brooks, commercial property head Melissa Page and personal injury head Anne McGuire are all joining Geoffrey Leaver on 1 May.

They bring with them 23 assistant solicitors and paralegals as well as 10 support staff. One Fennemores’ associate, litigator Richard Millard, will be made up to partner at Geoffrey Leaver.

The newly-enlarged Geoffrey Leaver is projecting turnover of £5m.

The losses leave Fennemores with three partners, who will complete current residential property and personal injury matters for clients over the next two years. They will remain in practice until September 2006, when the partnership will be formally dissolved.