Eversheds' Newcastle office has lost the deputy head of its private client department after 23 years at the firm.
Kristin Andersen agreed to leave the firm in May but remains as consultant for a one year handover period.
Andersen, who is now setting up his own practice, says: “We decided on my leaving by mutual agreement. We talked about it in May and we both agreed that I should leave. I can't really say anymore.”
Nigel Robson, managing partner at Eversheds' Newcastle office, says: “It was something agreed between him and us. It was better for him and better for us.”
Robson refused to elaborate on why both had agreed it was time for Andersen to leave but he says: “It was a very amicable agreement. It was very happy for both of us.”
Andersen had previously headed up the private client department prior to Eversheds' 1997 merger with local firm Wilkinson Maughan.
After the merger, Wilkinson Maughan's head of private client Helen Tavroges led the department with Andersen becoming the “number two” partner.
One source says: “There are a lot of people that want to move up to be partners so they appear to be chipping away in different areas.”
Robson says: “We will not be replacing Andersen directly.”