Law firm DLA Piper has appointed a Manchester-based partner to lead its UK operations.
Liam Cowell joined the international law firm in 1994 and is currently the managing partner for the North West, where it has offices in Liverpool and Manchester.
He will take over as UK managing partner from Sandra Wallace, who following more than three years in the role will step down at the end of her term. Her focus will then be on the position of joint managing director for the UK and Europe.
Cowell said: "I am absolutely delighted to be appointed to the role of UK managing partner and I would like to thank Sandra for her substantial contribution to our UK business and the firm as a whole.
"The firm has been on a fantastic journey over the last few years and I look forward to extending our strong track record in the UK as we embark on the next stage in the firm's evolution."
Wallace added: "Over the course of his long career at DLA Piper, Liam has garnered the respect of his colleagues, clients and peers and possesses the leadership attributes, client skills and focus on growth and profitability to steer our UK business towards our goal of being the leading global business law firm.
"This is a pivotal time in the legal industry and our economy as a whole, and I am confident that Liam's collaborative approach, alongside his drive and bold ambition for the firm will take our UK practice from strength to strength."