Westbrook replaces Wayte in shake-up at Dibbs' London office

Three partners, two associates and three assistants have resigned from Dibb Lupton Alsop's London company commercial department and the existing head Peter Wayte has been replaced by Bruce Westbrook.

Spokeswoman Gillian Khan said the firm was mounting a new “push” in the marketing and recruitment for the corporate department as a whole and Wayte, a former Alsop Wilkinson partner before its merger with Dibb Lupton Broomhead, was re-elected to the management board of the firm last month, and felt he did not have time to run a department.

The new head, Westbrook, is a former Cameron Markby Hewitt corporate finance partner who joined Dibb Lupton Broomhead early in 1996.

The defecting partners are Simon Wethered – who left last week and will start on 1 July at Charles Russell, where he will head the firm's charities group; Tina Cowen, who joins Olswang this week as a partner, and Mark Landale, who resigned on April 30. His destination is not yet known.

Associate Richard Lucas started as a partner in the projects group at Berwin Leighton on 1 May, while associate Tarlochan Lall left over two months ago to become an associate at Charles Russell. Assistant Nigel Roddis left mid-April for Olswang and three former Alsop Wilkinson assistants left and went their separate ways earlier this year.

Wethered, Lall and Lucas all said their departures were unconnected to the replacement of Wayte and that they had left, amicably, Wethered to concentrate on charities work and Lucas on projects.

Last month The Lawyer revealed that the highly regarded London-based head of insolvency Paul Gordon-Sacker, another former Alsop Wilkinson partner, was replaced as head by Peter Cranston from the Leeds office.

The corporate department in London now has 63 fee earners with 11 in commercial and projects, 10 in corporate finance and the remainder in venture capital, tax, commercial regulatory and communications and technology.