Law firm Paris Smith has appointed Peter Taylor, LLP Partner as its new Managing Partner.
Peter succeeds outgoing Managing Partner Andrew Heathcock when he retired on 31 December 2014.
During Andrew Heathcock’s tenure as Managing Partner the firm has consolidated its position as one of the leading firms in Southampton and the wider Southern region, and has continued to expand its offering across all areas of the practice including intellectual property, commercial and regulatory.
Senior Partner Nick Vaughan said:
“Andrew steered the firm through the rough waters of the economic recession superbly and leaves the firm in a strong position for the future. He has made a significant contribution to the firm’s success since his appointment and as an ambassador for the firm he will be a difficult act to follow.
We are immensely fortunate that in Peter we have someone who brings considerable experience, understanding and insight into the strengths and challenges facing the business. It is testament to his standing in the firm that he was elected to the position by the partners. As a member of the firm’s senior management team Peter has already played a key role in the firm’s success so his appointment will mark a seamless transition as he steps into the role of Managing Partner.”
Andrew Heathcock commented:
“It has been a privilege and an honour to be the firm’s managing partner for the last 6 years and contribute towards the transformation of the firm in that time. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Nick and the senior management team on some of the most ambitious and successful projects this firm has been involved with.”
Peter Taylor added:
“I am looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead and the opportunity to build on the strong platform for growth established by the firm as we enter an exciting and significant period for the business. The calibre of our people and commitment to the highest levels of client service that underpins everything we do has been the key to our success to date and I shall work hard to ensure we both maintain and build on those special qualities.”