Third Ricksons partner quits post-DWF merger

DWF has lost its third partner since its merger with Ricksons on 1 January, with the firm’s head of property moving to Hill Dickinson.

Alaisdhair MacPhie has left the firm to join Hill Dickinson’s Manchester office.

DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland told The Lawyer: “I did say there would be one or two more coming out of the woodwork. Alaisdhair falls into that category. It’s no surprise and I’m still not worried. We’ve had fewer than 3 per cent of Ricksons’ people leave as result of the merger and we’re pleased with that.” Earlier this month Ricksons’ former head of private client Fiona Dillon left the firm to join Manchester-based Pannone. Dillon, who joined Pannone as a partner, was followed by assistant solicitor Rosemary Johns.

At the time Dillon told The Lawyer: “I left Ricksons purely as a result of its merger. While I think the merger will be good for Ricksons, I didn’t think that the merger would be good for the type of clients that I deal with.”

“Inevitably, when you bring businesses together, not everyone is going to see the cultural fit,” said Leaitherland. “Undoubtedly there will be others who feel this way, but there will be more who see this as a great opportunity.”

More recently Ricksons lost a commercial litigation team to Weightmans, with partner Robert Jones, who headed Ricksons’ Manchester dispute management team, leaving the firm. Jones will be joined by Ricksons associates Matthew Wiggetts and Carole Spiller.