Thwaites victim of LSH restructure

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.

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Reallly nice lad, will have no problem getting another job. An asset to wherever he ends up.

By Guy

Pretty sure LSH can’t afford to lose people of his ability – very short sighted!


‘restructure of service line’ now joins a long list including ‘demising’,’dehiring’, ‘right sizing’ and ‘ negative employee retention’ as poor euphemisms for being sacked. David is now ‘in an orderly transition between career changes while undergoing a period of non-waged involuntary leisure’, I presume.

By Lord Sugar

Really, really shortsighted by LSH. Can’t do anything but damage their Manchester’s business in my view. Hope David gets sorted somewhere quickly.

By Peter

Is this a case of removing middle level managers so that higher level managers don’t have to justify their existence – or lack of it – in the work place? The removal of someone with David’s ability and prominence in the Manchester office market could be a sign that things are not right in LSH!

By Ironic


By Debbie

Assume this mean’s Adam Jackson is now running the department?

By Hooper

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