Brand overhaul and new top boss at Lovewell Blake

New managing partner Colin Fish

New managing partner Colin Fish - Credit: Archant

Regional accountancy firm Lovewell Blake has announced the appointment of a new senior partner and managing partner to lead a new-look senior management team.

New senior partner Paul Briddon

New senior partner Paul Briddon - Credit: Archant

Paul Briddon, currently a partner at the firm's Lowestoft office, will take over as senior partner on October 1 following the retirement of current senior partner Russell Leggett.

Their colleague, Colin Fish, replaces Douglas Young as managing partner, with Mr Young stepping down after six years in the role and 17 years on the firm's management board. He will continue to specialise on his agricultural client base while supporting Mr Fish.

The changes coincide with a review of the firm's branding, including the introduction of a new logo and accompanying strapline 'Different because you are'.

Mr Briddon, Lovewell Blake's lead partner for services to the legal profession, said the move better reflects the firm's commitment to providing clients with a wide range of professional services across all sectors.

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He said: 'Many people see us as accountants, but the truth is that we offer a huge range of professional services including business advice and financial planning. We wanted a strapline that not only reflected this breadth of service but also that better captured the way we do business – by putting our clients first and meeting their differing needs.'

Mr Briddon has a particular interest in the energy sector and sits on the Norfolk and Suffolk Energy Alliance. He is a board member of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and a former president of the Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce.

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Mr Fish joined Lovewell Blake in 2008 and has over 30 years' experience in the profession. He specialises in the full range of tax advice to business clients and their owners.

Yarmouth–based Mr Leggett is retiring after 43 years at Lovewell Blake, the last six of which have been as senior partner.

'Russell's contribution to the success of Lovewell Blake is immeasurable,' Mr Briddon said.

'He has been a fantastic servant to the firm over the years and he will be missed by his colleagues and clients alike. We wish him all the best for a long and happy retirement.'

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