MBRM closes public law department

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s (MBRM) last remaining public law partner has left. Anna Forge is set to join McGrigors next month.

Last month (30 April), The Lawyer reported that Tony Childs, who set up MBRM’s public law department in 1995, was leaving to join Beachcroft, taking two assistants and one legal executive with him.

It is understood that MBRM closed its public law practice because it does not fit in with its business group. The firm instead will focus on its London litigation practice, which has 120 lawyers and covers areas such as corporate disputes and construction.

Paul Maher, MBRM London senior partner, praised Forge’s “major contribution to the public law practice” and added that she leaves with the firm’s best wishes.

At McGrigors, Forge, who has wide experience of public law and planning issues as well as property development and regeneration projects, will work closely with the real estate and projects teams.