The boss of a leading Birmingham legal firm has insisted it is business as usual despite the resignation of some of its most senior lawyers.
Stephen Rosser, chief executive of Clarke Willmott, said the movement of senior lawyers between companies was inevitable when a legal sector was as competitive as in Birmingham.
Mr Rosser, who succeeded David Sedgwick as chief executive of the firm in May, made his comments after it was revealed that three of the company’s top lawyers in Birmingham were moving on.
“It’s certainly a competitive sector in Birmingham,” he said. “However, that cuts both ways. It provides us with great recruitment opportunities, but you are at risk that people do depart.”
Those leaving include divorce and family law specialist Andrew Breakwell – who leaves the company this week – Simon Bradley, from the construction team and Kathy Toon, a property specialist and head of the Birmingham office, who will both leave next April once they have served their notice.
Other partners to leave this year include Chris Piggott, who switched to the employment team at Irwin Mitchell, and Mike Gilmour, who specialised in insolvency.
Mr Rosser said while they would be saying goodbye to Mr Breakwell with the company’s blessing this week, it was important that the others were on long-term notice periods to allow them to recruit replacements of the same calibre.
He said Clarke Willmott – which recently moved its head office from Bristol to Birmingham – remained in rude health. “We are only five months into our financial year and are ahead of budget. We are very pleased with the way things are going.”