Morgan Cole restructures London office to focus on property

Morgan Cole has reconfigured its London operation after a slew of defections over the last 12 months.

The office, now headed by partners Stephen Room and Leon Golstein, will now focus purely on property and property litigation services for property, energy and investment clients. It will also offer mediation and dispute resolution under partner Phillip Howell-Richardson.

Commercial and corporate advice will be provided by the firm’s Welsh and Thames Valley offices.

The London office has been hit hard by a number of recent departures. On 12 April The Lawyer reported that barrister Geoff Hewitt, a former in-house counsel at Saga Exploration, and assistant Gordon Clark, who previously worked at TXU, will join Charles Russell’s energy team as consultant and assistant respectively.

Energy partner Oliver Drennan is also understood to be leaving the London office later in the year, with the possibility of pursuing opportunities overseas.

On the corporate side, the firm lost its former London head Graeme Guthrie, who joined Campbell Hooper earlier this month, as first reported on (2 April).

On the energy side, however, the firm does retain Room – a former in-house lawyer with BP.