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Hammonds has lost another partner in Manchester, with Sean McCay joining Pannone.
McCay's departure follows that of corporate head Stephen Levy to Pinsent Masons in August. Pannone also hired Hammonds employment partner Ian Tranter in July 2005.
McCay, a fixed-share equity construction partner at Hammonds, leaves the firm for Pannone in October. Construction assistant Kevin Connell has already made the move.
The hires mean Pannone's construction team, led by partner Andrew Rimmer, is now nine-strong. Meanwhile, the Hammonds construction team has been hit by a series of departures over the past 18 months. Most notably, a five-partner team led by Simon Palmer left for Addleshaw Goddard's Leeds office in March 2005.
A Hammonds spokesperson said: "We can confirm Sean McCay resigned in April. We're sorry to see him go, but we wish him well."