Taylor Wessing has revamped its management team in a bid to see younger partners take on more responsibility at the firm.
The changes have led to City partner and trademark, copyright and media practice head Niri Shanmuganathan swapping roles with business group leader Charles Lloyd.
London partner and litigator Shane Gleghorn has replaced Richard Marsh as head of commercial disputes and Claire Martin-Royle will share the graduate recruitment partner role with Tim Worden.
The firm has also announced five new partners in Germany and one in the UK as part of its annual promotions round.
While the firm’s Paris office has not yet revealed its promotions, the numbers already equal last year’s total of six.
Corporate private wealth and Middle East lawyer Mustafa Hussain is the only new partner in the London office, with employment and immigration specialist Charlie Pring becoming a senior counsel.
The Frankfurt office has gained a partner each in its banking and employment, and pensions practices, while Hamburg, Munich and Düsseldorf have each received one new partner.
The partner promotions are:
Mustafa Hussain (corporate, private wealth, Middle East) – London
Volker Baas (banking) – Frankfurt
Sabine Bechtel (employment and pensions) – Frankfurt
Stephan Martin Gerner (corporate transactions) – Düsseldorf
Britta Heymann (technology, media and telecoms) – Hamburg
Thomas Pattloch (intellectual property, China) – Munich