Commercial firm Bond Pearce has elected Nigel Theyer as senior partner.
A commercial property specialist and president of the Plymouth law society, Theyer joined the firm as a trainee in 1975. He takes over the position in autumn, succeeding Jonathan Trafford who retires from the South West firm next spring.
Theyer said he intended to remain based in Plymouth but would be actively involved in the development of the practice's Southampton and Exeter offices.
"The firm continues to progress and we intend to achieve further geographical expansion during my term," he said.
In an unrelated move, leading insolvency practitioner Hamish Anderson is leaving the firm to join another M5 Group member, Norton Rose. Anderson will join the London firm as a partner in the insolvency team in October.
Anderson said that, after 25 enjoyable years with Bond Pearce, he was looking for fresh challenges.
Norton Rose and Bond Pearce have a number of common clients and Anderson has increasingly worked from Norton Rose's offices when handling major cases.
He said: "Because of the friendly relations between the two firms it was a natural move for me.
"There is a background of co-operation which I expect to continue."