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The director of operations at City firm Watson Farley & Williams is quitting to become the new chambers director at niche commercial setMonckton Chambers.Alexandrina le Clezio will take up her new post in mid-September,replacing departing practice manager Milly Ayliffe.Le Clezio, formerly a senior strategy consultant for Linklaters during therun-up to the creation of Linklaters & Alliance, follows a number ofsignificant figures who have ditched law firms for a new challenge at theBar.However, this is a significant shift from the early days of suchappointments which tended to come from the management ranks of theadvertising and medical professions.Le Clezio says: "The law is slightly specific, there is a lot oftradition. With issues like ethics and professional conduct attached to it,it obviously helps to be a lawyer, without being hamstrung by that."One of the advantages I have is that I haven't always been a lawyer," sheadds.Watson Farley & Williams has yet to find a replacement for Le Clezio, whohas spent two-and-a-half years at the firm and is highly rated in bankingand asset financing.She was responsible for the delivery of support services to the firm,including IT, marketing, human resources, facilities, training and know-howand the partnership secretariat.Ayliffe, who joined Monckton Chambers from Norton Rose, is now returningto the law firm as an assistant in the asset finance department.Last week, The Lawyer revealed that 39 Essex Street is appointing MichaelMeeson, formerly partnership secretary at Rowe & Maw, to be its firstchambers director.In May, Bob Wilson became chambers director at 1 Crown Office Rowfollowing a stint as chief operating officer of City law firm Druces &Attlee.Denton Hall lost its director of business development Elizabeth Rantzen to2 Temple Gardens, while 11 Old Square recently appointed Catherine Calder,a former marketing law expert at Macfarlanes, to deal with client liaisonand marketing.
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