Sue Lewis has been appointed senior partner of Eversheds' Birmingham office following Meg Heppel's decision to step down after five years in the role.
Miss Lewis, a partner in the corporate team, has been with the firm for 25 years before taking on the ambassadorial position.
During her time at Eversheds she has led a number of high profile deals, including acting for the Phoenix Consortium on their acquisition of MG Rover Group from BMW in 2000. Other key clients include Iron Mountain, Jessops, TRW and Lloyds Development Capital.
She recently led the Eversheds team on the sale of Electrium, the Cannock-based manufacturer of electrical installation systems - a transaction that has been short-listed for The Birmingham Post Deal of the Year Award.
Miss Lewis said: "Birmingham is a thriving city and I am looking forward to representing Eversheds in the wider business community. Meg has done an excellent job during the last five years and I will endeavour to build on her achievements.
"In professional services, people are your greatest asset and we have a great team in the Birmingham office. As senior partner, it will be great to work with colleagues across all practice groups in delivering excellent client service and growing the business in the region."
She claimed there had been no problems from the reorganisation of the Eversheds Birmingham business in to a central unit comprising the city, Nottingham and Cardiff.
"It is working well. We are one firm and everybody works closely together anyway. It has been really helpful in cross-office working."