A spokesperson for DLA Piper said none of the four had resigned but would make no further comment. Irwin Mitchell could not be reached.
The past few months have been a turbulent period for DLA Piper’s regional office network, best illustrated by the long-running row over the personal stakes taken by several partners including co-chief executive Sir Nigel Knowles in ABS LawVest.
It is understood that as well as the anger internally caused by a presumably select group of partners taking stakes in LawVest at the exclusion of others, there was also a fear that DLA Piper would cannibalise its own lower-value work stream around the UK in favour of feeding work to LawVest.
Compounding this worry for regional partners, earlier this year DLA Piper launched a review of its practice including an assessment of its office network and partner performance (1 June 2012).