Solicitor David Bruton has been appointed managing partner of Hertfordshire firm Hawkins Russell Jones. He replaces David Heymans, who has held the position for seven years. Bruton said: "We will continue to put emphasis on providing a quality, fast and efficient service at a fair price. Use of new technology will enable us to achieve this aim." Established in 1591, the firm is one of the oldest law firms in the UK.