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South East firm Cripps Harries Hall has revamped its internal leadership structure with the creation of four new departments.
The firm has installed groups covering property, development, corporate and private client and has appointed new heads to lead each department.
Cripps managing partner Jonathan Denny said: "This reorganisation is all about creating a modern and well-managed firm that is in a strong position to capitalise on the changes in the legal market as the Legal Services Act starts to take effect."
Clare Hyland will take over as head of property, Bill Mackie will lead the development group, Gavin Tyler will become corporate chief and Myles McIntosh will be responsible for the private client department.
Denny added: "We felt that we need to develop strong leaders who will be an important part of the firm's progression."
The move is a change in direction from Cripps' last restructure in 2005, which focused on sector groups, rather than legal practice areas. The new departments are designed to work with the sector groups, but in a way that shares management responsibility among a greater number of people.