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By Philip HoultPinsent Curtis’ London office has been hit by the departure of two more partners – boosting to six the number of partner defections in the last six months.Corporate partner Jonathan Scott is joining Norton Rose, while litigation partner David Macfarlane has left for an unnamed client.Scott, who will join Norton Rose on 1 May specialising in non-contentious financial services work, said: “I am delighted to be joining such a high-quality and talented team.”News of their departures comes a week after Legal Week revealed that London managing partner Graeme Brister had resigned.Last summer, corporate partners David Levin and Geraint Lloyd quit the firm for the London offices of US firm Mayer Brown & Platt and Osborne Clarke respectively.In September, private equity partner Nick Cockcroft, the former head of private equity in Birmingham, left after a short spell at the London office.The firm has also seen London-based professional negligence partner David Robinson leave on sabbatical while he reviews his options (See page 5). The office still has more than 20 partners. Brister had been brought in three years ago to continue the expansion of the firm’s London office started by his predecessor Paul Downing.But he left after deciding he did not want to manage the firm’s on-going strategic review, which was started in July last year when the firm embarked on a shake-up of its management structure. It featured the election of its first national managing partner and a shift in investment towards London. Other changes included a move to focus on six practice groups: corporate, commercial, property, tax, employment and litigation.Pinsents head of business development Alan Hedley denied there was any link between the departures. “In a firm of 136 partners it is inevitable that people will move on. There will be changes as we move forward,” he said.Scott’s arrival at Norton Rose is the firm’s third partner level hiring in the last three months. The firm has taken on Baker & McKenzie’s head of derivatives Schuyler Henderson and re-hired competition partner John Cook from Macfarlanes.

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