Nabarros loses threesome

Nabarro Nathanson has lost three of its nine construction partners in the past few weeks, including the head of the department, Martin Bridgewater, in the wake of a massive reorganisation of the firm.

Bridgewater has stepped down as a partner and head of the construction group but remains with the firm on a consultancy basis.

Nabarros' marketing manager Chris Hinze said that it was no secret that Bridgewater had been unhappy with the reorganisation, in which Nabarros' 12 departments are being put into three groups, each with their own head and managing partner.

The construction group is becoming part of group C, which includes contentious health, employment, litigation, pensions and private client.

It is understood that the head of health, Paul Ridout, has resigned – his practice is being split between group B and group C, contentious and non-contentious – as has Carl Hopkins, the head of public and administrative law, whose practice goes into group A along with planning and property.

Hinze said the idea was to co-ordinate each of the practice areas to the client's benefit. “You can't have 12 different groups doing 12 completely different things,” he said.

Construction insurance partner Mark Boardman, who said that he decided to leave a year ago, left last week to join West End practice Howard Kennedy.

Nicholas Downing, a specialist in non-contentious construction work, is to join Herbert Smith in April.