Browne Jacobson appoints new chief

<a class=Browne Jacobson appoints new chief” />Midlands firm Browne Jacobson has appointed its head of business ­services as managing partner. Iain Blatherwick replaces Brian Smith, the firm’s managing partner since 2001. Smith will return to his former role as head of planning and corporate. ­Partner Gavin Cummings becomes the new head of business services.

The firm has also promoted seven ­associates to partner and four to ­associate.

The new partners are: Andrew Christon, Steven Conway, Andrew Hopkin and Kevin Lawson in insurance; Mark Hughes and Richard Nicholas in business services; and Tom Howard in property.

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