Browne Jacobson tax chief made top dog

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Midlands firm Browne Jacobson has elected a new senior partner and is promoting two associates to the partnership for 2008-09.

William Colacicchi, head of the firm’s personal tax, trusts and charities team, will take over as senior partner from David Hibbert, who will stand down on 1 May after eight years in the post.

Colacicchi will take up the senior partnership for a term of three years.

Managing partner Brian Smith said: “David’s contribution has been exemplary, having played a pivotal role in the growth of the firm over recent years.

“In William we have someone who can build on David’s many achievements as Browne Jacobson looks to enhance its position and reputation.”

Associates Stewart Gregory in the real estate group and Oliver Pritchard in business services – both based at the firm’s Nottingham headquarters – will join the partnership the same day.

Both lawyers joined Browne Jacobson as trainees in 1998.

The partnership promotions mark a very slight dip in number after three financial years in a row that the firm has promoted three to the partnership each May.

They will level the total partnership one member down at 57 lawyers after losses including head of the Birmingham property practice partner Mary Daunt, who is leaving the law to look after her disabled daughter.

Also leaving are insurance partner Robert Ridgwell and clinical negligence partner Richard Slack, who are both retiring.

Browne Jacobson has also appointed seven associates in Nottingham and two in Birmingham.