Niall Blackie has taken over as senior partner at West Midland law firm FBC Manby Bowdler.
He replaces Gavin Southall, who has retired from the partnership and becomes a consultant to the firm.
Mr Blackie will combine his new role as senior partner with that of head of town and country planning, where as a solicitor-advocate (civil) he has a particular focus on advocacy at all types of inquiries.
He joined the firm in 1979, qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and became a partner in 1984.
Mr Blackie is also diocesan registrar to the Diocese of Lichfield, legal secretary to the Bishop of Lichfield and registrar to Lichfield Cathedral.
“I am delighted to be taking on this role at a time when the firm has never been so highly rated by independent experts such as The Legal 500 and most importantly by our clients. However, I am determined that we will not rest on our laurels and endeavour to be provide an even better service,” said Mr Blackie.
“FBC Manby Bowdler is one of the largest law firms in the West Midlands, but it is well rooted in the local communities it serves. As a legal practice with real depth of experience and expertise I believe we are well placed to advise and help our clients take on the challenges facing them through the coming years.”
FBC Manby Bowdler has offices in Wolverhampton, Willenhall, Telford, Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth.