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Burness has brought to an end a period of almost four years without a managing partner at the same time as introducing a complete new management structure.
The Scottish firm has appointed Ian Wattie to the newly reinstated position of managing partner following a contested election last month.
Burness has not had a managing partner since the exit of Alan Stewart, who left the firm in 2002 to become a management consultant.
At the same time, the firm has introduced a three-member governance and strategy board and a six-member operations board.
The governance and strategy board will will be headed by Philip Rodney, who continues as chairman. He will be assisted by Wattie and a third member, to be elected by the partnership later this month.
Wattie, who was previously head of property for nine years, will also head the operations board, which will oversee the firm’s day-to-day operations.
The board will also include the leaders of the firm’s three core departments - corporate, property and construction and dispute resolution - who will be appointed by Wattie following consultation later this month.
Also on the operations board will be business development director Grace Hughes and Martin Sweet, director of operations.
Rodney said the separation of the two boards would ensure the firm could concentrate on strategic issues without the additional complications of operational issues.
Burness reported a 12.5 per cent increase in revenue for 2005-06 to £18m, while average profit per equity partner for the year stood at £286,000.