David Thwaites, head of office agency at Lambert Smith Hampton in Manchester, has been made redundant and left the company on Friday after 13 years.
Thwaites, associate director, held talks with the firm during a period of statutory consultation but was unable to secure his position. Office agency colleague Mark Bamber, associate director, is understood to have been on consultation temporarily but remained at LSH. The Manchester office agency team now contains two staff, Bamber and senior surveyor Adam Jackson.
Tony Fisher, national head of office agency at LSH, based in London, said in a statement: "David's redundancy unfortunately formed part of a restructure of the service line within Lambert Smith Hampton. It was not a decision taken lightly, and we thank David for his effort and contribution to LSH."
LSH declined to explain the "restructure of the service line" further but it is understood that the Manchester office had ceased to operate as a self-contained profit centre and, instead, sector teams were reorganised and started reporting into London, leading to a reordering of the management hierarchy.
Thwaites was unavailable for comment.