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Birmingham-based Martineau is to create the position of deputy managing partner to fill in for its globetrotting managing partner.
Managing partner Bill Barker was recently made chair of Multilaw, a global alliance of independent firms.
Martineau, which lacks international offices of its own, is now seeking a deputy to take the helm during Barker’s frequent travels to member firms.
The news comes as the firm is revamping its board. Head of energy Andrew Whitehead is poised to take over as senior partner from Roger Blears in the New Year, with the latter resuming a fee-earning role in the corporate finance team.
Barker and Whitehead sit on the board alongside two non-executive partners. One of these is head of corporate Richard Wrigley, while the firm is set to announce a replacement for Whitehead.
As the position of Multilaw chair is a two-year post it is thought that the deputy managing partner role could also be temporary.