In a shock move, Cardiff-based Anthony Rees, widely regarded as the figurehead of the employment practice and deeply loyal to Morgan Cole, resigned from the partnership on 17 September. No departure date has been finalised.
The defection leaves the firm with 53 partners, while for Eversheds it takes the number of employment partners in Cardiff to eight.
Earlier this month, Morgan Cole saw two offices lose out in the Axa panel review, after the number of places was slashed from 12 to six. The firm’s Reading branch was retained on the panel but Cardiff and the two-partner Croydon operation were both axed.
It is understood that the firm is reviewing its Croydon office in the wake of the review and that its closure is a possibility.
Morgan Cole chairman Robin Havard declined to comment on the fate of the Croydon office, but said: “It’s a work in progress.”
He added: “We’re delighted to have been retained on the Axa panel in the Reading office, which is expanding.”