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Shaw Pittman's London office has lost one of its founding partners to Addleshaw Booth & Co's Manchester office.
Margaret Harvey, who was with Washington DC-based Shaw Pittman for just over two years, is now the regional head of Addleshaws' technology, media and telecommunications area.
Her departure will leave Shaw Pittman with just two partners. Three months ago, Andrew Dunlop, another founding partner of the firm, left in mysterious circumstances (The Lawyer, 14 August). It is still unclear if he has secured a position elsewhere.
The other founding partners, Alistair Maughan and Andrew Moyle, remain with the firm and last week voted on promoting two senior associates to partner level.
Maughan says that the firm will be seeking a replacement for Harvey.
Commenting on Harvey's departure, Maughan says: "It was extremely amicable, in fact it was about as amicable as you can get."
He adds that he does not anticipate too many problems in finding a replacement for Harvey because he believes that Shaw Pittman's primary focus on technology will stand the firm in good stead.
Commenting on her own reasons for leaving, Harvey says: "Obviously there were personal reasons and I am from the Manchester area anyway. But professionally, Manchester, and in the North in general, is in the middle of a boom period."
Harvey's position as head of technology, media and telecommunications is a newly created role at Addleshaws. At present the area contains five partners and 18 associates throughout the firm's offices in Manchester, London and Leeds.
Harvey says: "Nationally, the technology group is an important area for Addleshaws and they have a growth plan to try and develop that."
One of Harvey's specialisms is the IT aspects of outsourcing contracts as well as having a strong commercial knowledge.
During her time at Shaw Pittman she advised on the outsourcing of BP Amoco's global HR department in a deal worth more than $600m (£422m).