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The senior partner of Birmingham law firm Shakespeares is stepping down after six years at the helm.
Charles Flint will be replaced by Tony Jones, head of the firm's business services commercial unit and a commercial and employment lawyer with over 30 years legal experience - most of which were spent at Shakespeares.
Flint, who has been with the firm for more than 25 years, will carry on working in the company and commercial department, but wants to pursue other interests such as his directorships of Samuel Heath & Sons and Midlands Excellence. He also sits on the Board of Governors of the University of Central England in Birmingham.
Flint has been the firm's senior partner since 1993 - the usual tenure for the job is only three years, but he was asked to continue for a second term.
Flint says: "With his depth of expertise, Tony will bring a fresh outlook to take Shakespeares forward into the millennium."
The new appointment coincides with Shakespeares' promotion of six lawyers from associates to partners. They are: Nicola Walker, (head of the family law unit); Lisa Robotham (commercial property); Tony Hannington and Paul Meredith (insurance and institutional litigation) and Chris Hill and Rohit Deepak (banking and commercial litigation).