A P Watt chairman Caradoc King and joint managing director Derek Johns will join UA LLP as partners together with their colleagues Natasha Fairweather, Linda Shaughnessy and Jon Elek. Fairweather will be joint head of the overall literary department with UA's Robert Kirby, and Linda Shaughnessy will be joint head of the foreign rights department with Jessica Craig. The combined literary department will comprise 31 agents, associates and assistants. A P Watt will retain its distinct identity, becoming known as A P Watt at United Agents.
King said: "Publishing is undergoing profound changes, and it is vital for authors to have the strongest possible representation in all aspects of their careers." From Monday, A P Watt's telephone number will change to 020 3214 0800.