Dibbs loses northern employment head

DIBB Lupton Broomhead's Manchester head of employment has quit the firm after his role was reduced following the transfer of national employment law heavyweight Paul Nicholls to the North.

Andrew Chamberlain left the practice last Friday and will see out a reduced notice period on garden leave before Dibbs

releases him to take up his post at Addleshaw Sons & Latham on 18 September.

Chamberlain was brought in by Nicholls from Freshfields two-and-a-half years ago to start up the Manchester employment unit. It is believed his role within the firm changed after Nicholls, who transferred from London last year, began to take on a more active role in the six-member department.

Chamberlain's move will reunite him with former Freshfields colleague Malcolm Pike, now head of the employment unit at Addleshaws.

Dibbs has recently weathered a number of blows to its employment practice, including the loss earlier this year of London head Jill Andrew. Andrew was followed by a number of assistants from the London office, and an assistant in Manchester has also quit.

“I think Andrew saw that there wasn't room for two of us,” says Nicholls.

“It was difficult for us to sustain two partners in Manchester and I am now able to be better utilised in terms of my basic skills.

“I will be taking a greater operational role in employment law and I will head up the employment law team in Manchester.”

Chamberlain is currently declining to make any comment on the move.