White & Case partner quits ahead of cull

White & Case UBS relationship partner Rachel Hatfield has left the firm after becoming disaffected with its strategy.

White & Case UBS relationship partner Rachel Hatfield has left the firm after becoming disaffected with its strategy.

Banking and capital markets partner Hatfield has announced her departure internally and is due to leave the firm in early April.

Earlier this year The Lawyer reported that White & Case had embarked on a strategic review that will result in its partnership being scaled back (16 March).

A source close to the firm said: “A lot of people are very unhappy with the lack of direction at the firm. I think many partners are evaluating their position and options. It’s not surprising that Rachel has decided to move on.”

Hatfield, who has been a crucial part of the firm’s relationship with UBS and JPMorgan, has not made any decisions on her next move.

Hatfield joined White & Case from US rival Weil Gotshal & Manges in 2000.