The senior legal counsel of construction giant Lend Lease, Alistair Cutts, is understood to have left the role as the business scales back its European arm.
Sources said Cutts parted company with Lend Lease in recent week. A spokesperson for Lend Lease refused to comment further but did confirm the group’s drive to downsize.
A statement sent to The Lawyer read: “We are streamlining our central overhead to maximise cost effectiveness, to ensure that our projects have the optimal level of support and to position Lend Lease for continuing growth in the region.”
The group’s managing director of construction in the EMEA region, Michael Dyke, has also left the company, while up to 90 jobs are at risk.
In 2010, the company faced an age discrimination and unfair dismissal claim from former in-house lawyer Anthony Philpott three years ago (7 June 2010). Philpott, who worked for the company for 11 years, alleges he was unfairly dismissed in June 2009 because of age discrimination and victimisation claims he had launched a year earlier.
The redundancy process used by the company, the claim alleged, was “manifestly unfair, flawed and predetermined”. Philpott claimed “he was starved of work at the ultimate direction of Alistair Cutts as head of the legal department”.
Cutts did not respond to requests for comment.