George Green loses its heads

Commercial litigation partner Neil Cutler and employment partner Richard Green are moving to Morton Fisher and Harrison Clark respectively.

Their resignations coincide with senior partner Richard Havenhand's decision to quit the 10-partner firm just six months after taking up the role. Havenhand, who is retiring and moving to the south of France, will leave in March.

At the same time, George Green, Richard Green's father, terminated his longstanding consultancy role with the firm.

George Green's new senior partner Paul Cliff said that the recent departures were due to disagreements about the future direction of the firm. “They [Cutler and Green] left voluntarily, but it has to be said there was no great disappointment on our part,” he said. “There had been disagreements, so we decided there had to be some changes.”

Cliff added that replacements for Cutler and Green had already been recruited. Neil Williams and Tim Lang, of Pinsent Curtis Biddle and Weightman Vizards respectively, joined the firm at the beginning of the year.

George Green has suffered a string of defections during the past 18 months. Rob Parry quit to join Heatons, while Guy Green, the son of one of the founding partners, moved to Eversheds' Birm-ingham office. It is understood that partners Ian Harrison and Michael Paulson also left the firm during this period, but their destinations are unknown.