MILLY Ayliffe, practice manager at leading competition and commercial set Monckton Chambers, is leaving to return to being a solicitor.
Ayliffe, who has been instrumental in transforming the set into a leading niche practice, is to go back to Norton Rose as a senior assistant lawyer in the asset finance department.
Head of chambers John Swift QC says: "Milly has enabled chambers to make significant progress on a number of fronts - from the establishment of the Monckton Chambers name and brand to the introduction of one of the most sophisticated IT and telecoms packages of any chambers.
Ayliffe says: "I have been extremely fortunate in having the full support of the senior clerk, Graham Lister. We have worked closely together in implementing a whole range of new business strategies."
It is thought Monckton will follow the trend among sets and look to appoint a chambers director or chief executive.
Hardwicke Building rec-ently appointed Hilary Mun-della to the post of chief executive, while St Philip's Chambers, the largest set in the country, appointed Vincent Denham to the same position.
Michael Price, senior clerk at Lindsay Burn's Queen Elizabeth Building, is understood to have tendered his resignation.
Price was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.
He is the third clerk to have recently left their chambers after Tony Day of 12 King's Bench Walk and Michael Martin of Cloisters, who are understood to be taking legal advice.