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Pannone director of communications Deborah Ascott-Jones, who was one of the first non-lawyers to be given equity partner status, has been made redundant.
Ascott-Jones was formerly director of business development and marketing at the firm, but moved into the communications role in May 2008 when Pannone hired Tim Dixon-Phillip to head the business development department.
Managing partner Steven Grant said: “The business development department has, along with all our departments, undergone its half-year review. Like any business, tough decisions have to be made about optimum structure for the future. Our business development department will continue to be led by Tim Dixon-Phillip.”
Ascott-Jones declined to comment on the circumstances of her departure, but said she was aiming to stay within the legal sector in Manchester or Leeds.
With Ascott-Jones having left Pannone, there are now 17 people in the business development department.
Last year Pannone made 13 redundancies in its residential conveyancing department (The Lawyer, 22 September 2008).