Nabarro has appointed Andrew Inkester as its new managing partner, replacing Nicole Paradise.
Inkester, who joined the firm on its merger with Turner Kenneth Brown in 1995, will take up the role on Monday (1 August) for a three-year term.
Nabarro senior partner Simon Johnston put Inkester forward as a candidate for the leadership role, and the appointment was then approved by the board.
Inkester previously held a position on the firm’s executive committee for six years and has also chaired its North American group.
Commenting on Inkester’s appointment, Johnston said: “Andrew’s management experience within the firm and his broad corporate and commercial legal experience will be invaluable as Nabarro plans for the future. I look forward to working with him as we continue to develop our business and evolve our strategy for the ongoing success of Nabarro.”
Inkester is one of the firm’s senior corporate partners focusing on private equity and the defence sector, and is expected to maintain a level of fee-earning work alongside his new role.
He said it was too early to talk through his strategies for the new post but added: “Nicky’s going to be a tough act to follow. We’ve got some challenges in that it’s still a tough market, but we’ll be sure that we make the most of the strengths we have. I’m also very interested in developing the firm’s international presence.”
Paradise has decided to retire from the firm after serving 12 years as managing partner (18 July 2011).