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CARDIFF firm Dolmans is ringing in changes at the top.
The head of defendant litigation Jeffrey MacWilkinson is now set to take on the senior partner role.
Roger Morgan is moving up to become head of the property department.
MacWilkinson, who joined the firm in 1972, takes over the reins from Ralph Lewis.
Lewis retired in April this year, after 30 years at the 11-partner firm. He spent 12 months as the senior partner.
MacWilkinson will continue in his present role as head of litigation.
He says: "The firm is entering an exciting period in its development with ambitious plans to develop and expand many areas of the practice.
"I am delighted to be leading the firm into the next millennium when I am sure the firm's excellent reputation for specialist litigation and general private client and corporate advice will be enhanced."
MacWilkinson says the creation of the new Welsh Assembly has boosted optimism within Cardiff's business community and his firm is currently recruiting private client practitioners to meet probable demand.
Morgan has been promoted internally, taking Lewis's place as the new head of property.