Allen & Overy partner Jonathan Gould is leaving the firm to take up the role of general counsel to the Jardine Matheson Group, based in Hong Kong. The Asian-based conglomerate comprises Jardine Pacific, Jardine Motors Group, Hongkong Land, Dairy Farm, Mandarin Oriental, Cycle & Carriage and Jardine Lloyd Thompson. A senior corporate partner, Gould will have been with the firm for almost 30 years by the time he retires in December. He was instrumental in establishing A&O's Hong Kong operation in 1988 and spent eight years there before returning to London in 1996. Senior partner Guy Beringer said: "Whilst we shall be sorry to see Jonathan go, I do understand the attraction of becoming group general counsel to Jardines at this stage of his career. He leaves with the best wishes and support of his partners."