North-west based Birchall Blackburn has been hit by its second departure in as many months as its joint senior partner quits to join Halliwell Landau. Chris Eddlestone has become licensing and leisure partner at Halliwell Landau after serving 16 years at Birchall Blackburn, where he was one of three senior partners. Birchall Blackburn also recently lost Daniel Izza, an associate in its insolvency department, to Manchester firm Pannone & Partners (The Lawyer, 1 February). Eddlestone's departure comes at a turbulent time for Birchall Blackburn. In February Jonathan Tyrer-Wilson, an in-house investment adviser, was jailed for 21 months after stealing £36,000 of clients' money. Tyrer-Wilson, convicted on nine charges of obtaining property by deception between October 1994 and September 1997, claimed he stole the money in revenge after not receiving promised bonuses. In January, Roger Wilkinson, a legal executive at the firm, admitted taking more than £44,000 of clients' money. A sentence is yet to be passed on the charges. Eddlestone says: "I was not intending to leave Birchall Blackburn, but this offer came out of the blue. I left on good terms with all the partners." However Michael Foxford, a partner in the company and commercial department at Birchall Blackburn, was reluctant to discuss Eddleston's reasons for leaving the firm: "I could tell you why, but I'm not going to."