Macfarlanes has extended managing partner Julian Howard’s leadership tenure for an extra two years past the end of his existing term in 2020, following the confirmation that senior partner Charles Martin will step down that year.

Martin said the deferral in choosing a new managing partner to fill Howard’s role in April 2020 – the same time as when Martin himself will be replaced by private client partner Sebastian Prichard Jones – was intended to stagger the appointments to avoid both new postholders beginning concurrent tenures.