`The announcement by partners David Vernalls, Deborah Bradley, Richard Ottley and Ian Poole ends any prospects of a merger between them and insurance giant Berrymans Lace Mawer.`Ottley said: “We've been contacted by a number of firms and we're not merging with Berrymans. What we have arrived at is the preferred option from our point of view.”`Ottley also said that Cartwrights' merger with Bond Pearce was never a possibility for the insurance team. “There was too much client conflict. Bond Pearce has a very large union practice and we have a very large defendant insurance practice. It wouldn't have got off the ground even if we had wanted it to,” he said.`The team has 12 other fee-earners and is taking its entire client base to the new firm.
Cartwrights' insurance litigation department is to launch its own specialist firm under the name of Cartwrights Insurance Partners when the rest of the Bristol firm merges with Bond Pearce in July.