John Powell QC has been elected unopposed as the new head of chambers at 2 Crown Office Row. He will take over from Rupert Jackson QC.
The chambers has a policy of electing a new head every three years in order to share the workload.
Powell, who specialises in fraud and professional services negligence litigation, has also been appointed as chair of the Bar Council's Law Reform Committee.
He will continue to write for a number of publications including the Encyclopaedia of Financial Services, which he co-edits with his wife, King's College professor of law Eva Lomnicka.
As well being in charge of chambers Powell also has responsibility for around 500 sheep at his Wales farm.