Stuart McNeil, who has worked as a solicitor in Wiltshire for more than 30 years, has been appointed senior partner at law firm Bevirs.
The 54-year-old, who is the current head of litigation at the legal practice, has taken on the lead role following the retirement of former senior partner John Hunt.
Stuart is based at the Swindon office of Bevirs which also has offices in Royal Wootton Bassett and Calne.
He said: “I’m delighted to take on this role and follow in the footsteps of John Hunt. I’m one of six partners in the practice and we are all equally committed to ensuring Bevirs has a healthy future in business and continues to support the people of Wiltshire with their legal needs.”
Originally from Huddersfield , Stuart attended the College of Law in Chester (now known as the University of Law). He met his wife Claire while studying and considered moving to Bristol as Claire’s family came from the city.
Stuart said: “At the time opportunities for new solicitors in Bristol were limited and I was advised to look to Swindon which was expanding rapidly. I applied for a position at Bevirs, one of the area’s oldest legal practices with a history dating back more than 100 years.”
Having joined the firm, Stuart spent two years as a trainee solicitor before becoming a general litigation solicitor. Gradually he began to specialise in the areas of family, probate disputes and employment law.
Stuart and his wife Claire, who is a speech therapist, have been married for 32 years and live in Malmesbury. They have a son Thomas (28) who is an architectural engineer and a daughter Kate (26) who is married and works with her husband on a horse stud farm near Oxford.
For the last 15 years, Stuart and Claire have also provided respite support for a family in the county with an autistic child. That child, now a young man, has become very close to the McNeil family and still has regular contact.