Watson Burton chief stands down ahead of move to Muckle

Watson Burton senior partner Robert Langley has resigned from the firm’s partnership ahead of a move to North East rivals Muckle.

Langley (pictured), who has been in the top role for the past three years, said the decision was amicable.

He has not set a timeline for his departure and said he will stay on after his replacement has been appointed

He told The Lawyer: “The last three years have been about consolidation, now someone has to come in with the ideas and vision to take things forward.”

He added: “This has been a front stage role and I didn’t really want to go back into the chorus. Muckle’s a similar firm to ours, with very nice people, and will be like a home from home for me.”

Langley will focus on construction and commercial litigation when he eventually takes up his position at Muckle.

The news comes after the firm’s LLP accounts revealed its highest-paid partner’s profit share dropped 71 per cent in 2008-09, while fee income fell from £23m to £19.8m (29 March 2009).