Smith’s appointment, effective on 1 May, was announced to DL&E staff this week. Smith’s role will be to oversee the firm’s UK, European and Middle Eastern activities.
Smith said Morrell, who will stay as a UK partner at DL&E, will concentrate on growing the business in other regions, such as North America.
Smith said of his new role: “It’s a tough time to be taking over, but I’m very excited by the prospect. I think we have a very good team here.”
Smith’s previous role as southern regional managing partner will be taken by Neil Morrison.