Leading South West law firm Stephens Scown LLP has appointed a new Chairman.

Bill Wilkins, a partner with the firm and specialist in family law has taken over the role from fellow partner Michael Beadel, who was the firm’s Chairman for eight years.

“Bill is an exceptional lawyer and has great vision. He will bring his innumerable skills to bear in his new position on the Board,” says Robert Camp, Stephens Scown’s managing partner.

Bill Wilkins has been with Stephens Scown since 1993, joining the firm a year after he qualified as a solicitor. He specialises in representing children in court proceedings and will continue to practice in this field along side his new role on the firm’s Board. Michael Beadel will remain with the firm specialising in real estate law, based in Truro.

Paying tribute to outgoing Chairman Michael Beadel, Robert Camp added: “Michael has made an incredible contribution to Stephens Scown over the last eight years and has been instrumental in helping us to achieve significant growth. Quite simply we would not be the firm we are today without him.”

Bill Wilkins said: “Michael did a brilliant job as Chairman and it is a daunting prospect stepping into his shoes. However, I’m looking forward to the challenge and helping drive Stephens Scown forward as we aim for more growth over the coming years.”

Stephens Scown has over 300 staff, including more than 50 partners, across its offices in Exeter, Truro and St Austell. It is the highest ranking law firm from the South West in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2018.