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Harbottle & Lewis is losing its highly-rated music partner Andrew Stinson after 19 years at the firm.Stinson, whose client list includes musicians Annie Lennox, the Manic Street Preachers and The Beautiful South, will leave the firm on 31 July.Harbottles’ head of music Anne Harrison told Legal Week that Stinson had made the choice to leave the firm because of work pressure and a desire to spend more time at home with his family.She added that Stinson would remain employed at Harbottles to work as a consultant.Stinson’s departure will leave just two partners in Harbottles’ music group: Harrison and Charles Law. One music lawyer said: “It is a great loss to the firm. Harrison and Law are good, but Stinson is the real heavy hitter. Most of the group’s clients are his.”The last major departure in Harbottles’ music group was William Booth, the firm’s former head of music, four years ago. Booth is now head of legal at Sony Music. Industry sources said Stinson might be setting up on his own or going into business with his client Simon Fuller, ex-manager of the Spice Girls. Stinson recently advised Fuller on the setting up of Popworld.com, to promote and support pop groups and to provide news and sell music related products.Stinson was unavailable for comment.

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