One half of the partnership at matrimonial boutique Sears Tooth has defected to major rival Mishcon de Reya.

David Lister was one half of the two-partner team at Sears Tooth alongside renowned matrimonial lawyer Raymond Tooth.

He will join Mishcon’s family team as a partner under Sandra Davis, head of the firm’s family department.

Sears Tooth assistant solicitor Melanie Whyatt will also join the team.