Clifford Chance star associate resigns in wake of funds team exit to Weil Gotshal

Clifford Chance funds associates Stephen Fox and David Irvine have quit the firm to join Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

The move dashes the hopes of those who had tipped high-flying Fox to stay.

It follows the departure of three funds partners and a tax partner from CC to the US firm last month.

Fox, who has been at the magic circle firm since he was a trainee, was tipped for early promotion to partnership in the wake of the group exit. He is close friends with former funds head Ed Gander, one of the four who left the firm. Gander was best man at Fox’s wedding.

Irvine focuses on tax within the funds sector. He and Fox were the funds team’s most senior associates.

Fox and Irvine have handed in their notice and will join Weil as associates after serving their notice periods.

CC funds partners Nick Benson and Nigel Clark, as well as tax partner Jonathan Kandel, joined Gander in quitting CC last month for Weil (13 June 2011).

The departures left Nigel Hatfield as CC’s only remaining funds partner in the City.

Last year CC funds chief Jason Glover left the firm to join the London office of Simpson Thacher (20 July 2010).