Radcliffes partner exodus mounts as two heads quit

Westminster firm RadcliffesLeBrasseur has lost two departmental heads – making a total of three partners this year. This means that the firm has lost four department heads in the past 15 months.

Head of commercial dispute resolution (CDR) and executive board member Paul Clements has joined City practice Rooks Rider as the head of commercial litigation. Former head of property Roger Thornton is leaving in March, but his destination was unknown at the time of going to press.

Clements was a member of the management team and has headed the litigation team for around 15 years.

He was originally with Crossman Block, which merged with Radcliffes and more recently Le Brasseur J Tickle.

Clements said that he was looking for a new challenge and wanted to join a firm that needed someone of his age and experience.

Thornton became a partner at Radcliffes in 2000 – he was previously an assistant at Norton Rose. He headed the department until the end of 2003 when he was replaced by Karen Mayne. Thornton’s departure comes just two weeks after Radcliffes’ former property head Michael Higginson left to join Trowers & Hamlins. However, last week the firm was joined by Campbell Hooper real estate partner Virginia Bryant.

Radcliffes lost two other heads of department this time 12 months ago when charities head Jean Dollimore went to Hempsons and board member Clara Trounson, who headed the private client and tax team, departed for Wilsons.

Geoffrey Woolhouse will take over as Radcliffes’ head of CDR.