City firm Frere Cholmeley Bischoff has appointed Alan Jenkins,43, as managing partner. Jenkins will succeed Steven Sugar in the autumn.
Jenkins joined the firm as an articled clerk in 1975 and became a partner in 1983. He specialises in international commercial litigation, fraud, professional negligence and insurance. He has been involved in the Guinness, Maxwell and BCCI banking trials.
"I am delighted at the trust and confidence partners have shown in electing me," said Jenkins. "I am very much looking forward to the challenge."
He plans to make client care a priority in his new job.
"I am hoping to enhance care for clients by getting people talking and listening to each other much more," he added.
Sugar said: "I will be handing over to Alan with great confidence. We are in good shape, the shape required to carry on our practice in a fully professional manner."