Andy Knee has left as chief executive of Legal Marking Services (LMS) after 18 years at the firm.
The role will be taken over by Nick Chadbourne (pictured) who has been chief operating officer at the conveyancing panel management company since February 2016.
In his new role, Chadbourne will be responsible for the strategic direction and management of the business as well as sales strategy, process improvement, and product development.
Chadbourne said: “This is an opportune time to be stepping up to the chief executive role at LMS, given our appetite to become even more of a major player in the conveyancing and remortgaging space in the future.
“This is a strong and growing business, with industry investment from two huge property groups in the form of Connells and LSL, both of whom have a long-term partnership approach to developing services.
“I look forward to continuing to provide the most comprehensive panel management service to the broadest lender base in the UK.”
Knee added: “I’m very proud of my work at LMS and the achievements we’ve had but it’s the right time for me to step aside and let the business continue in a new phase of its development.
“I’ve been working with Nick very closely for the last year and a half as I have started stepping back from the business and planning my succession – and I know he’s a highly experienced general manager with relevant specialist knowledge in process efficiency, strategic business development, and large scale people management.
“With his passion for providing a world-class service to our clients, Nick’s a perfect fit to lead LMS. I look forward to watching the group go from strength to strength under his leadership.”