Lancashire lawyers leave to join rival company

John Chesworth
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Lancashire law firm Harrison Drury has signalled its intention to build the region’s strongest commercial property team after recruiting five senior lawyers from rivals Napthens.

Napthens’ current head of commercial property and partner, Allan Sumner, and commercial property partner, Mike Fetherstone, will make the move alongside litigation partner, David Barnes as soon as they are released by Napthens.

The experienced trio will be joined by Daniel Boulton, associate commercial property solicitor, and senior associate solicitor in the commercial property team, Philip Wright, who will join in January.

John Chesworth, managing director of Harrison Drury said: “We are very excited to have Mike, Allan, David, Daniel and Philip joining Harrison Drury.

“It is a testament to our culture and ambition that we have attracted such high calibre property lawyers.

“All five have tremendous experience of working for some of the region’s largest property companies.

“The combined experience of these market-leading specialists, alongside our current team, will add a great deal to the service we give to our clients, while enhancing our brand as a leading firm in commercial property law.”

Harrison Drury has offices in Preston, Clitheroe, Garstang, Kendal and Lancaster.

The firm brings together a talented and multi-disciplined collection of like-minded lawyers who have advised a range of clients including large organisations, owner-managed businesses and high net worth individuals.

Harrison Drury’s services include Business Protection, Dispute Resolution, Mergers and Acquisitions, Property, Employment, Regulatory and Compliance.

Its specialist sectors include manufacturing and engineering; property and construction; leisure and tourism; transport and logistics, digital and creative; farming and rural business.

Napthens has offices in Blackpool, Preston, Blackburn, Chorley, Penrith, and Kendal.

A spokesman for Napthens did not want to comment on the move by senior staff.

John added: “I am hugely confident we have a team that can become the strongest commercial property team in Lancashire.

“We can’t rest on our laurels and will continue to look for the best people to help make it possible for our clients to achieve their objectives.”