South Yorkshire law firm Howells has named the head of its human rights team, Peter Mahy, as managing partner, following the retirement of John McSweeney.
Family partner Sue Colven becomes deputy managing partner.
John McSweeney leaves Howells after more than 20 years with the firm, which has offices in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley. Mr McSweeney started out as one of the firm’s specialist childcare lawyers, becoming head of its Rotherham office in 2004 and managing partner in 2008.
Peter Mahy joined Howells in 1996, becoming a partner in 2002. Some of the human rights and civil liberties cases he has successfully pursued have brought national and international attention to the firm and in 2010 he was named criminal defence lawyer of the year in the prestigious national Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.
Sue Colven joined the firm in 1996, becoming a partner in 2000. Most recently, she led the firm’s successful bid to provide a telephone-based service, providing family law advice nationwide on behalf of the Legal Services Commission, as part of the Community Legal Advice Service.