New unitary authority Bournemouth Borough Council has appointed solicitor Tim Martin as its head of law and administration.
Martin takes up the £45,000 job after leaving West Oxfordshire District Council where he had been solicitor to the council since 1993.
In 1989 he joined Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council after earlier working in private practice in Newcastle and Durham. Martin replaces Lisa Dovey who left to join Torbay Borough Council as head of legal services.
Meanwhile prominent Liverpool solicitor Peter Rhodes has been appointed head of law and committee services for Liverpool City Council.
Rhodes who was head of legal services joined Liverpool City Council in 1981.
He is currently treasurer of the Law Society Local Government Group and joint honorary secretary of the Liverpool Law Society.