A further two senior staff members have left Davis Langdon in the latest round of high-profile departures since the QS was bought by US engineering giant Aecom.

Richard Baldwin, who had been lined up to run the European and Middle Eastern arm of the business, has left to become head of development at Derwent from January 2011.

Senior tax partner Peter Kelland has left to join business advice division Gleeds Advisory. Baldwin’s responsibilities at Davis Langdon will be taken over by John Hicks, who has been appointed a managing director, having previously been head of public sector at the firm.

Jeremy Horner, global chief executive of Davis Langdon, said of Baldwin’s departure: “This opportunity has arisen at an interesting time in the London development market and Richard
has thought long and hard about the direction he should take.”

EC Harris also announced two weeks ago that it had poached Richard Taylor, formerly head of Davis Langdon’s retail sector in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, to lead its ommercial sector.

Simon Rawlinson, who worked for the consultant for 15 years and was head of professional development, also left for EC Harris.

Aecom bought Davis Langdon in August for £204m. No one who has left the company has said their departure was linked to the takeover.