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Clydes to cut fee-earners in London as part of aviation restructuring

Clyde & Co will downsize its aviation team by three senior associates in a bid to streamline its offering.

Legal Business understands three senior associates are involved in a consultation process with the firm following a review of the practice, while a wider pool of associates within the 40 lawyer team have been notified of the cutbacks. The process will take a minimum of 90 days.

The cuts come as it emerged last week that four casualty partners were to leave for DAC Beachcroft. David Knapp, Danielle Singer, John Goodman and Nigel Adams will join DAC with up to 30 fee earners.

A spokesperson for the firm said: ‘Our market leading UK aviation practice comprises more than 40 legal professionals. Like any business we are constantly monitoring work levels against our staffing and resourcing needs at all levels and we are currently in consultation with a small number of senior lawyers in the team. As a matter of policy we don’t comment on individuals.‎’

Alongside the cuts, Clyde & Co has continued to expand its operation with the firm announcing it was hiring into its Hong Kong office with corporate lawyer John Chrisman from US firm Dorsey & Whitney.

It was revealed by Legal Business in October that Clyde & Co’s insurance head Simon Konsta would become the firm’s new senior partner following an uncontested election. He took up his post on 1 November after former senior partner James Burns decided to step down to take on a new board-level role at the firm, becoming head of the Americas.