NINE DLA Phillips Fox partners have defected just weeks out from the official commencement of the DLA Piper merger.
The Brisbane partners will join law firm Thomsons Lawyers in Brisbane.
The appointments will expand the Thomsons partnership to 56, and will give the firm a total headcount of more than 400 partners, lawyers and staff across four offices.
The new partners include Tony Conaghan in IP and technology, Philip Byrnes and James Daniel in corporate, Ron Eames, Michael Marshall and Chris O'Shea in real estate, Philip Dowling and Eugene Fung in corporate and Andrew Kelley in finance and projects.
The nine Brisbane-based partners voted against the integration with DLA Piper. DLA Phillips Fox said more than 90 per cent of its partners voted in favour of integration, but that a small portion did not want to join a global law firm.
The partners move across to Thomsons Lawyers on 1 May.