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Dibb Lupton Alsop's former managing partner Paul Rhodes is joining arch-rivals Hammond Suddards as national head of insolvency and corporate recovery.
Rhodes has been brought in by Hammond Suddards' managing partner Chris Jones - who is also an insolvency lawyer - with a brief to establish a team "capable of dominating the market".
Rhodes' move comes just 18 months after he left Dibbs to set up a management consultancy business, Rhodes Benson Management, with another ex-Dibbs partner Stuart Benson, who will continue the business.
Rhodes, who will not become a partner at Hammond Suddards, said: "My real enthusiasm is for devising a strategy and then being able to fully implement it."
However, he refused to give specific details of the firm's plans, which he expects will take two-and-a-half years to fully implement.
He said that he had been looking for a new role following his family's decision to move back to Yorkshire, where his wife works for Yorkshire TV.
During his tenure as managing partner of the then Dibb Lupton Broomhead between November 1993 and December 1996, Rhodes was widely credited with establishing the firm's corporate culture.
But his time in charge was not without controversy. In May 1995, Dibbs axed 11 partners following a review at the end of the financial year.
A senior partner at Dibbs said that he was "surprised" and "amazed" at Rhodes' decision to join Hammond Suddards, given that he left Dibbs only 18 months ago.
Hammonds managing partner Chris Jones said: "Paul is a man whose track record speaks for itself."