Five lawyers leave for rival legal firm

John Chesworth of Harrison Drury
John Chesworth of Harrison Drury
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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 its rivals.

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.

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

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.

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

A spokesman for Napthens did not want to comment.