DWF loses Newcastle head Flynn in wake of Crutes deal

DWF’s Newcastle chief John Flynn is set to leave the firm just over a year after joining to set up the firm’s practice in the North East city.

John Flynn
John Flynn

Flynn, who joined the Manchester-based firm last year from Dickinson Dees as executive partner, is understood to have encountered integration difficulties since the firm’s recent merger with Newcastle’s Crutes.

No formal announcement has been made internally about his exit, but it is understood that one is expected imminently. A source close to the firm said that Flynn had been absent from the Newcastle base for a few weeks and that many in the office are aware of his departure, which comes just months after the Crutes tie-up went live at the start of 2012 (25 November 2011).

Flynn’s destination is unclear, as is his likely replacement, with pensions head Martin Jenkins and former legacy Crutes managing partner Helen Agar touted as possible candidates if the firm chooses to retain the executive partner role.

Flynn joined the firm as Newcastle corporate head and executive partner in charge of the base, which had three partners before the combination with 16-partner Crutes. He announced his resignation from Dickinson Dees last May, joining DWF with a mandate to launch and swell the Newcastle offering (6 May 2011).

He stood unsuccessfully for senior partner at Dickinson Dees in 2004 and 2010.

DWF declined to comment. Flynn was not available for comment.