Addleshaws transaction services chief quits for DWF

Addleshaw Goddard’s former employment head, client relationship manager and the mastermind of the transaction services offering, Andrew Chamberlain, is to join DWF as employment head.

Andrew Chamberlain
Andrew Chamberlain

The shock move comes just days after the firm voted in John Joyce as managing partner (16 May 2014) succeeding Paul Devitt who stood down from the role a year early (17 February 2014).

He will lead DWF’s 60-strong national employment team but the firm is thought to be most interested in his experience of rolling out Addleshaw’s process-mapping initiative and the Manchester-based Transaction Services Team (TST) (18 June 2013). 

Chamberlain was national head of employment at Addleshaws for nine years, as well as head of client delivery and served terms on both the firm’s executive committee and its governance board.

Addleshaws said in a statement: “Our approach to client delivery and the role vacated by Andrew, who stepped back in 2012 from his role as a full-time fee earner in our employment practice to help with the development of our delivery model, will be considered by John Joyce, our new managing partner, as we finalise our future strategy.

“The TST in particular will remain a core part of our service delivery model and overall determination to drive greater internal efficiencies which improve our margin, and yet still deliver to clients the quality and value they have come to expect from us.”

Several high-profile partners have left the firm in recent weeks, including Manchester real estate chief Mark Haywood who took two partners to launch an office for Nabarro in the city (14 May 2014).

Corporate managing partner Phillip Goodstone left to join EY in March (27 March 2014), the firm’s Leeds planning and environment head Amanda Beresford quit for Shulmans this month and real estate finance partner Andrew Besser who will join Olswang next month.

Addleshaws former managing partner Mark Jones, who was at the helm of the business for 17 years between 1992 and 2009, has also notified partners of his intention to retire in April 2015.

DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland said the firm was currently investing in senior hires, which he sees as being “pivotal to the firms’ future success”.

Referring to the hire of Chamberlain, Leaitherland added: “[His] deep insight into clients’ needs and his experience spearheading new and innovative approaches to service delivery will be incredibly valuable”.

DWF is yet to agree a start date as a departure date is still being negotiated.