One of the region’s law firms has two new partners at the helm after its chief stepped down after more than 18 years at the head of the company.
Wright Hassall, based in Leamington Spa, has appointed Nick Abell as senior partner and Richard Lane as managing partner.
The pair – who have more than 45 years experience with the 200-strong firm between them – are succeeding Peter Beddoes, who has led Wright Hassall since 1991.
Mr Abell, who heads the Wright Hassall property department, will have responsibility for external affairs while Mr Lane will oversee the internal management of the firm.
Mr Beddoes, who became a partner at the firm in 1982, has led Wright Hassall since 1991 and oversaw its recent move to a landmark headquarters building on Olympus Way. He will continue to work for the firm as a partner for three days a week.
He said: “I believe I am stepping down with Wright Hassall in very good shape. These are testing times for all sectors of industry but we have built a very strong team across all disciplines.”
Mr Lane, aged 48, was born and raised in Birmingham and trained with William Bache in West Bromwich before joining Wright Hassall in 1990.
He was made partner two years later and is a former head of litigation at the firm.
Mr Abell, a former captain of Stratford Cricket Club, was articled at Wright Hassall and spent four years at London law firm Nabarro Nathanson before returning in 1986 to set up the commercial property department.
Abell said: “Peter is possibly the longest serving managing partner of a major law firm in the region, and the rise of Wright Hassall is a testament to his leadership abilities and his ability as a lawyer.
“Richard and I are delighted that he is remaining with the firm and will be there to give any advice and guidance we might need.”