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Alliance & Leicester (A&L) head of corporate and commercial law Raj Singh-Dehal has left the company in the wake of its merger with Santander.
Singh-Dehal joined holiday park operator Center Parcs as group company secretary on 8 June.
A&L’s in-house lawyers were absorbed into the Santander UK legal function earlier this year under former Abbey legal chief Karen Fortunato. It is understood that four lawyers have left since the merger.
The Spanish bank bought A&L for £1.3bn and has owned Abbey since 2004.
Santander now employs 37 lawyers in the UK.
The new heads of department reporting to Fortunato are: head of commercial law Joanna Day; head of corporate, litigation and secretariat Shaun Cole; and head of capital markets Johnny Shepherd.
Former A&L head of legal Carolyn Hay has remained with Santander as head of projects.
Singh-Dehal replaces Tim Parker as company secretary at Center Parcs. Parker has moved to an in-house role at industrial equipment maker NSK Precision UK.
Santander has announced that the A&L brand, along with those of Abbey and Bradford & Bingley, will be abandoned next year and will instead operate under the Santander brand.