Burness Paull has announced that Tamar Tammes will step into the role of managing partner in August, replacing Ian Wattie, with Peter Lawson confirmed as the replacement for Philip Rodney as chairman.
Mr Lawson, who had been expected to take over from Mr Rodney, currently leads the firm’s corporate department, while Ms Tammes is head of its property and infrastructure department.
Ms Tammes and Mr Lawson will lead an ambitious three year growth plan when the current leadership team step down after 12 years at the helm of the firm.
Mr Rodney will leave the firm to pursue a number of personal projects, while Mr Wattie will be retained in a strategic consultancy role with the firm for the next 12 months to help finalise the delivery of a number of key projects.
The handover follows a year-long shadowing process designed to ensure a seamless transition with clarity of succession for both clients and staff.
Mr Lawson, who spent three years in London with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, said: “Philip and Ian have led the firm through a transformational process and will leave their roles with the firm in great shape. It is an exciting time for the firm, which has a very clear growth strategy.
“Our absolute focus is on delivering success for our clients. We have an outstandingly talented team at Burness Paull and Tamar and I will look to empower a new generation of leaders.”
In November last year, Burness Paull landed a spot on Lex Mundi global network of independent law firms when previous Scottish member Maclay Murray and Spend was taken over by Dentons.
Burness Paull estimates that more than 40% of its work is now international.
In its most recent accounts to the end of July, the firm made a £22m profit on revenue of £53.8m.