Alastair Thomson & Partners is no more

Fifty-year-old insurance litigation practice Alastair Thomson & Partners ceased practising last week with all five equity partners going to different firms.

When The Lawyer revealed the impending break-up of the London firm in May the destinations of all the partners were not known. A source believed at the time that senior partner Alastair Simpson might have been retiring.

However, on 1 September he joined the professional negligence department of Tonbridge practice Thomson Snell & Passmore, where he will practise as a litigation partner.

Simpson will concentrate on professional indemnity insurance, products liability and public liability insurance.

David Hartfield is forming his own practice, Hartfields, along with former salaried partner Jonathan Angell.

And, as The Lawyer stated last May, Alastair Cornforth is joining Hextall Erskine, Michael Lent is moving to Hammond Suddards and Martin Butterworth to Davies Arnold Cooper.

Cornforth said: “All you need to know is that it was an amicable arrangement between all of us.”

The firm specialised in Lloyd's litigation, most of which has now come to an end.

Thomson Snell & Passmore's chief executive, John O'Connell, said: “Alastair [Simpson] will enhance the firm's strong insurance litigation practice.”