Commercial and local authority landlords could benefit from urgently reviewing their legal options.
Birmingham law firm, Anthony Collins Solicitors, has announced a new senior partner: Peter Hubbard will formally take the reins from Romaine Thompson in May 2014.
The announcement signals the end of an impressive nine year tenure for Romaine, who joined the firm in 1989 and became senior partner in 2005. Under her leadership, the firm has secured its position nationally as a leading specialist practice in the charities, social housing and local government sectors as well as growing its work for private individuals in the West Midlands.
Romaine commented: “This really is an exciting time for the firm. We've invested heavily in our people and our infrastructure and we're very clearly focussed on our key client sectors, all of which is a good platform for growth into the future. Peter is an exceptionally able successor with the drive and passion to take the firm forward and I'm eagerly anticipating playing my part in supporting his vision for the next phase of the firm's development”.
Peter said: “I am honoured to be taking up the role following such a committed senior partner. Despite challenging market conditions, Romaine's guardianship, as well as the hard work, dedication and skills of our teams at ACS has helped position the firm for growth in our chosen sectors.
As a firm, our future focus is very much on the client agenda, how we develop our client offering and building on the excellent relationships that are already in place.
Currently a partner specialising in the social housing sector, Peter is known for his projects and governance work with registered providers, local authorities and arms' length management organisations. Advising on nationally recognised housing projects, he has been ranked ‘Leading Individual’ in Chambers UK for eight consecutive years and is also a past Commercial Solicitor of the Year at the Birmingham Legal Awards.
Peter will continue to work with key clients and becomes only the fifth senior partner since the firm's launch in 1973.
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