Return to slender

Even if you have a short holiday, the office can change quickly and be quite a different place by the time you come back.

Freshfields IP head Avril Martindale may have that feeling when she gets back from her sabbatical in September.

She will return to an IP department with at least two fewer partners than when she left.

The latest exit is Milan IP head Matteo Orsingher, who left the firm to set up his own practice. See story.

The firm also lost France IP head Xavier Buffet Delmas to Hogan & Hartson’s Paris office last week and Frankfurt partner Stefan Krueger at the start of the year.

At this rate, Martindale will be the only one left.