Head of legal Polly Joseph has left Westfield Shoppingtowns after nearly six years as the chief lawyer for the UK operations of the retail property giant Westfield Group.
Leon Shelley, a five year-PQE corporate lawyer, is now the company's top in-house lawyer. It is unclear whether a direct replacement for Joseph will be sought.
Joseph, who headed a team of three, told The Lawyer: "It was time for a new challenge and I'm looking around now at options in either the property or finance industry."
The UK arm of the Australian-based shopping centre owner, manger and developer is currently developing Westfield London, a £2bn shopping centre at White City, and now has 100 per cent ownership of Stratford City Developments, the vehicle behind the £4bn regeneration of Stratford City.
Westfield instructed Nabarro Nathanson for its buyout of Multiplex, Stanhope and the Reuben brothers for control of Stratford City Developments, but then chose Ashurst following a beauty parade for the ongoing regeneration work.