Group A - Ex-Robsons partners join Grant Thornton
Four Robson Rhodes partners who quit the Cambridge office in July are to join Grant Thornton after falling out with the firm's head office in London.
Jeremy Francis, Keith Mitchell, John Corbishley and Simon Lowe departed from Robsons after rows over governance and increased capital contributions to the firm.
The Cambridge area is a strong fee-earner, due to the contribution of the strong performing biotechnology and farming sectors in the region.
Grant Thornton would not give a start date for the partners, but confirmed they would be joining the firm shortly.
Robson Rhodes revealed that a new team, led by Frank Attwood – previously head of Robsons’ London office – was in place on Tuesday. Attwood will be supported by corporate finance partner Elaine Bell, and Peter Buckler, who will arrive from Robsons’ Bristol office to become audit partner.
A spokeman for Robson Rhodes disputed whether the exodus was over fee income and said, ‘our income per partner is one of the highest’.