Hunters additions set to up firm’s City profile

Hunters is taking advantage of the fallout from the Dawsons-Penningtons merger and the senior management changes at Farrer & Co to ramp up its presence within Lincoln’s Inn.

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The firm, which has traditionally kept out of the limelight, is set to take a higher profile following the recent election of senior partner Paul Almy.

Almy said: “Our private client department is certainly on a par with Payne Hicks Beach’s and Farrer & Co’s,” he said. “We intend to stay within Lincoln’s Inn – in terms of size 120-150 people would be optimum.”

Last month Hunters merged with Gray’s Inn boutique Vernor-Miles & Noble, adding three partners.

“It fits because they had a charity, private client and property practice and were choosing to refer commercial work to other firms,” explained Almy. “This will give them the opportunity to bring all that in-house.”

This move has now been augmented by the hire of Dawsons’ former head of corporate commercial Stephen Morrall.

“Hunters has a sizeable chunk of private client work and we have clients who prefer not to go to huge City practices for advice,” Almy said. “We also have a ­thriving business law department and need to recruit all-rounders into it. Stephen’s someone who has that broad-brush approach.”

Hunters was one of ­several firms to raid Dawsons prior to its merger with Penningtons, which completed last week, with just seven of the 21 partners it had at the 2009-10 year-end opting to stay with the firm.

Dawsons’ former head of litigation Mathew Rae, who also had a stint as managing partner, last week joined Bryan Cave as a partner.