GRAHAM New has taken up his post as Shoosmiths and Harrison managing partner. New has taken over the reins from John Peet, who has moved to the commercial property department. A partner since 1974, he is a member of the Law Society's specialist planning panel and chair of the Hinkely and Rugby Building Society. He says the future of the Northampton-based firm, which closes its London office in February, is in the regions. "We are concentrating on the talent that we already have in the firm and I'm conscious that we have a lot of entrepreneurs," he says.