Anthony Gold benefits from Barnett Sampson’s closure

Holborn-based family and commercial property firm Barnett Sampson has dissolved after 20 years in practice, with the bulk of its partnership migrating to Anthony Gold.

The five-partner firm closed for business on 30 January. Founding partner Ellie Chapman said a lack of synergy between Barnett Sampson’s divergent family and commercial practices was behind the dissolution.

South London practice Anthony Gold has benefited most from the demise, taking its highly-rated family law team. Chapman, with Camilla Fusco and Julia Snow, joined Anthony Gold’s London Bridge offices on 2 February.

Chapman focuses on high-value ancillary relief and child work, while Fusco is a Hong Kong-qualified lawyer with an international practice. Snow launched the family team at Weightman Vizard’s predecessor firm Vizard Oldham, before joining Barnett Sampson in May 2002.

The hires represent a a shift in emphasis for Anthony Gold’s existing family practice, which focuses on cohabitation, same sex and Inheritance Act issues, and takes the number of family law partners at the firm to eight.

The remainder of Barnett Sampson’s partnership has moved to firms across London, with founding partner and commercial specialist Richard Barnett leaving for Hampstead firm CKFT and property partner Ros Joseph joining Devonshires.

Barnett said: “We were victims of our own success. As our work improved in quality, the opportunities for cross-fertilisation diminished. We got to the point where we were operating as separate planets.”