Former Daily Mail journalist Ian Monk is leaving PR company MacLaurin, where he is a director.
He is still in departure talks with parent company hatch group, which bought MacLaurin in 2001.
Managing director Brian MacLaurin is also leaving the company to become head of Brian MacLaurin Associates.
Monk is to run Ian Monk Associates, concentrating on media clients such as Carole Caplin.
Monk has also represented Express Newspapers boss Richard Desmond.