Westminster ;City Council, one of the richest local authorities in the country, is set to begin a major overhaul of its legal team.
Director of legal and administrative services Colin Wilson has taken voluntary redundancy and his department is being split in two.
Wilson’s role will cease to exist and his deputy Peter Large will take over the legal division, which will be separated from the administrative function.
The details of the shake-up have not yet been finalised and both departments could still merge with other services.
Wilson said the move was not a cost-cutting measure, although he added that there would be cost-saving benefits.
Westminster City Council chief executive Mike Moore said: ;“Colin’s ;made ;a significant contribution to the council, often on difficult issues, for nearly 20 years. We wish him all the best in the future.”
The council employs a 24-lawyer legal team at its headquarters in Victoria Street.
The City of Westminster only has around 181,700 residents but receives more than £1bn a year in non-domestic rates, collected from businesses based within its borders.
Wilson, who will leave on 30 November, said: “I have no plans to rush into another full-time job, but I’m sure I’ll want to do something to keep my hand in, perhaps some consultancy.”