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Andrew Visintin, the equity partner and London head of finance who was suspended from Hammonds in September, has resigned from the firm
In a rare move for a law firm, Hammonds suspended Visintin after he had been away on sick leave for several months. The firm cited his continuing ill health as the reason for its decision. The Hammonds partnership deed contains a provision for the firm's executive to suspend any member of the partnership, including top equity partners such as Visintin. Visintin himself resigned formally last month. Visintin's clients are currently being looked after by London finance partners Lorinda Peasland and Mike Woollard. Hammonds partners contacted by The Lawyer would not be drawn into the details of Visintin's condition and Visintin himself is unable to be contacted. Hammonds managing partner Chris Jones said: "Andrew Visintin has indicated his intention to leave the firm, and we have accepted his resignation. Andrew was absent from the firm for several months due to ill health." For Hammonds, 2002 saw an incredible spate of partner departures - including Visintin, 17 left over the year. However, the firm did enforce some partner resignations and also cut the number of equity points allocated to some partners, which is understood to have encouraged a number of the departures. 2003 has already seen two more resignations when last week Birmingham corporate partners Paul Cliff and Katie Silvester decided to leave Hammonds for Gateley Wareing.