Birmingham and London law firm Martineau Johnson has chosen a new senior partner, Roger Blears, to spearhead its expansion and development over the next three years.
He succeeds Hugh Carslake and teams up with William Barker, who continues as managing partner.
Mr Blears, who heads the firm's funds and growth companies team, is known nationally as a leading expert in the field of venture capital trusts.
Mr Barker said: "Roger's appointment highlights his standing amongst his colleagues within the firm, but his reputation extends more broadly across the Birmingham and London legal and finance community
"Martineau Johnson has achieved significant growth over the past few years and Roger has specific plans to further develop this and use his enthusiasm and gravitas to spearhead future progress and expansion."
The firm's business strategy focuses on two key areas which Mr Blears believes are vital to its continuing progress.
" Our personal and partner-led approach to client service has become a defining factor in the reputation of Martineau Johnson," said Mr Blears.
"However, as well as external advancements, our internal culture is equally important to the success of the firm and a strong spirit and ethos of communication and inter-action already exists within the firm, aided by our open-plan offices and also by the previous efforts of Hugh.
"Together with William, I intend to build further on this and act as a sounding-board for staff.
"It is vital that all our people see their role at the heart of the firm's future plans for development so that they feel in touch with the management team and proud to wave the flag for Martineau Johnson."