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CITY firm Wilde Sapte has appointed insolvency partner Mark Andrews to take over from Charles Leeming as senior partner in January.
Andrews, who has been with the firm since 1976 and a partner since 1979, will continue to work in the insolvency department, where he acted in the recent Paramount Airways Appeal to the House of Lords.
He said: "Unlike in many firms, the position of senior partner is a working one - not just an ambassadorial and ceremonial role."
Andrews hopes to continue the work done by Leeming, who tripled the firm's size over a 10-year period.
He will concentrate on consolidating international contacts throughout the firm's offices in New York, Paris, Brussels, Tokyo and Hong Kong. "I think I was chosen because I have been at the firm for 20 years and therefore know the culture of the firm very well," he said.