MANCHESTER firm Addleshaw Sons & Latham has lost one of its leading insolvency and banking partners who has retired from the partnership after five years.
Anthony Kirby, who gave notice in recent weeks, is believed to be taking time out to consider his future.
Kirby joined Addleshaws in 1989 after leaving William F Prior & Co, where he had been Manchester senior partner.
His former Priors colleague Shan Spencer, who now becomes head of the department at Addleshaws, was among a number of the firm's partners who moved to Addleshaws after its merger with Dibb Lupton Broomhead.
Addleshaws senior partner David Tully says there is no animosity between the firm and Kirby, and he will be missed.
"My understanding is that he is taking at least three months off in the summer to decide what he wants to do," says Tully.
"He is over 50 and he may think it is right to contemplate his future."
Kirby has declined to comment on the move or his future plans, but he confirms he will be leaving the partnership at the end of May.
Richard Glithero, head of insolvency and banking at Manchester-based firm Eversheds Alexander Tatham, says that Kirby has a long history and experience of insolvency work and that he is "highly regarded" by colleagues.
"I think to lose somebody of that level of experience and seniority is obviously going to cause them some problems," says Glithero.