The head of court of protection at Pannone’s Manchester office has left the firm to set up his own court of protection outfit with former Pannone partner Rachel Dobson.
According to a source close to the situation Hugh Jones is taking a “considerable amount” of clients from Pannone to his firm, Hugh Jones Solicitors, as well as up to 10 staff members, including administrators and solicitors, from the department.
However, a spokesperson for Pannone said the only person leaving the department was Jones, who they admitted had “acquired some Court of Protection business from Pannone since he left the firm in March. Following Jones’s departure Lucy Nicol has been promoted to lead the department.
Any support staff expected to join Hugh Jones Solicitors are not understood to have been impacted by last year’s redundancies, when 12 fee-earner and support staff roles were made redundant in the firm’s construction, road traffic accident and family teams in Manchester (10 January 2012).
The firm was then set to make its second round of redundancies last year with 16 lawyer and support staff positions facing the axe (12 November 2012).
According to a press statement Jones was advised by Frank Shepherd at DWF and Nigel Barratt at Hursts on the launch. He did not respond to requests for comment at the time of writing.