Eversheds to replace Birmingham leader

Eversheds real estate partner Meg Heppel has stepped down from her role as Birmingham senior office partner, with corporate partner Sue Lewis set to take the reins.

Heppel has been Birmingham’s senior office partner for the past four years, but was appointed as central real estate chief in April last year after her predecessor Mary Daunt quit to join Browne Jacobson.

She told The Lawyer that she has withdrawn from the position to concentrate on her role as central real estate chief.

“I’m responsible for the real estate departments in Birmingham, Nottingham and Cardiff, which includes 20 partners,” she said. “It’s a big job and I want to focus on it so I can do it to the best of my ability.”

Lewis, who has become the new senior office partner, said her corporate background would influence her approach to the role.

“It’s mostly an ambassador role, but because I’ve been a corporate partner for so long it’s likely I’ll be pushing our corporate practice,” she said.