All Change at the Helm

06 January 2014

Potter Clarkson has announced changes to its senior management team with the appointment of a new Managing Partner and a new Practice Director. The two individuals took up their positions on 1st January.

Colin Baker, an expert in the patenting of chemical inventions, has been a partner with the Nottingham-based practice of Patent Attorneys since 1999. He will still undertake client work alongside his management responsibilities. He takes over from Richard Bassett who has been the firm's Managing partner for 13 years and has now been appointed Senior Partner.

Andrew Argyle has joined the firm as the new Practice Director and took over the position from his predecessor, Paul Easton, who retired from the post at the end of 2013 after ten years' service. Paul will remain with the firm part-time as Strategic Finance Director.

Andrew remains on the Solicitors' Roll as a non-practising solicitor having been in private practice for over 25 years as a commercial litigator. He was a partner with Shakespeares for 15 years and then with Langleys for 5 years. He has had extensive management experience of professional service organisations. He was full time managing partner with Shakespeares for 5 years and latterly chief executive of a leading barristers' set, Zenith Chambers, in Leeds.

"This change has been planned and rehearsed for several months," explains Colin. "The change will be seamless and is part of the evolution of our top tier firm which achieves its 125 year milestone this year."

Andrew commented, "I am delighted to join such a respected organisation. Colin and I are inheriting the management of a hugely successful practice. I am looking forward to the role immensely and have been warmly welcomed by both partners and staff. It's a great environment to be in."

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