Davies Arnold Cooper's senior partner David McIntosh is to fill the void at the Law Society left by the resignation of vice-president Kamlesh Bahl.
McIntosh has been elected by the Council of the Law Society as deputy vice-president and will hold the post until July 2000.
He takes the post previously held by Michael Napier, senior partner at Irwin Mitchell, who has been elevated to fill Bahl's position of vice-president.
After working with president of the Law Society Bob Sayer on his 1997 election campaign, McIntosh stood against him in 1998 for the post of vice-president, eventually losing by 11,908 votes to 9,980.
In a contest founded on personalities the two were known to dislike each other. Sayer's supporters even christened his opponent “McNasty”.
Both Sayer and McIntosh were unavailable for comment.