DLA Piper has started arbitration proceedings against its former London litigation co-head Neil Gerrard over his recent departure to Dechert, according to U.K. publication Legal Week.

The dispute between the firm and one of its former top London-based partners centers on the date of Gerrard’s departure and whether he should have served a period of gardening leave — a common practice among U.K. firms, where departing lawyers are forced to see out their notice period on paid leave.

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