Morgan Bruce head quits for DJ Freeman

The head of Morgan Bruce's London office has quit the firm to join DJ Freeman.

Corporate partner Graham Barber joins DJ Freeman this week – exactly the same time as Morgan Bruce merges with Cole & Cole to create a 92-partner top 25 firm.

Barber – one of two representatives on Morgan Bruce's executive board from its London office – denied that the merger was a factor in his decision to move.

“It's a move which makes sense strategically and I wish the merger every success,” he said.

Barber – former senior partner of Binks Stern, which was taken over by Morgan Bruce in autumn 1994 – said that after 23 years in effectively the same firm “it was time for a new challenge”.

Barber, who specialises in doing corporate work for property clients, said DJ Freeman was stronger in London than Morgan Bruce.

Peter McGarrick, another Morgan Bruce board member said: “We are sorry Graham is going.”

But he added: “Following the merger we are better resourced on all fronts. We are here to stay in a big way in the London market.”

DJ Freeman's chief executive Jonathan Lewis commented that Barber's hiring was “a rare opportunity to acquire a lawyer with a superb reputation”.