Law firm Blake Morgan has elected Kath Shimmin as chair, one of five new partners.

She replaces Bruce Potter, who has held the position since 2014.

Kath (pictured) joined the firm in 1994, was promoted to partner in 1997 and has set up and led a specialist banking and finance practice within the firm.

In addition to her election, Penri Desscan, Andrew Farmery, Sadak Miah and Richard Wade have been elected to the board.

Managing partner, Mike Wilson, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Kath, Penri, Andrew, Sadak and Richard onto the Board, who each bring a wealth of experience and a range of specialist knowledge.

“Through an open and contested election, they’ve all been selected on their merit and commitment to the firm over many years, which has created a more diverse team that reflects the views and attitudes of the partners.

“Kath’s appointment as the first female chair of Blake Morgan is an historic one for the firm, and testament to her dedication and achievements, as well as demonstrating Blake Morgan’s commitment to giving our lawyers the support and opportunities to grow and progress throughout their careers.”

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