Hugh James shuffles pack after Ford Simey merger

Welsh firm Hugh James has shuffled its senior positions following its recent merger with Exeter-based Ford Simey.

Matthew Tossell has become the managing partner of Hugh James Ford Simey.

He replaces Cherry Wright, who is returning to fee earning.

Senior partners have not escaped the reshuffle.

Two senior partners have been replaced with a single Cardiff-based senior partner, Russel Jenkins.

David Roberts has stepped down from his position as senior partner in Cardiff. He remains head of commercial property.

South Wales senior partner Geoffrey Adams, based in Merthyr Tydfil, has also returned to fee earning.

Two salaried partners have been made full equity partners – Alun Jones in Cardiff and Malcolm Evans in Merthyr Tydfil.

Four senior associate positions have been created for the first time at the firm.

The merged practice has 61 partners. Its eight offices in south Wales have been inherited from Hugh James, while the three former Ford Simey offices span the South West.

A spokeswoman says senior positions at what

was Ford Simey remain unchanged.

There has been only one departure since the merger of the two firms. Mark Robinson has left for the Birmingham construction department of Edge Ellison. Robinson refused to comment on the reasons for his move.