Halliwells executive chairman Ian Austin is about to join the Manchester law firm Heatons as the new head of commercial litigation.Austin, who will take up his new role at Heatons this week, has held a variety of senior roles at Halliwells, including managing partner and lawsuit head.

He was chosen to be the executive chairman last September after the firm overtook its senior management structure, a move Austin said was encouraged by the need for additional resources to manage a firm the size of Halliwells.

Ian Austin

Commenting on his choice to join Heatons, Austin said that having presently returned to a full-time fee earning role,he is looking forward to strengthening Heatons' commercial litigation practice.He has also added that it is a new challenge which he is waiting to start.

Heatons managing partner Matt Fleetwood stated that this is a noteworthy appointment for the firm.Ian is a supreme litigator with a strong client following and enormous experience. He is ideally placed to head the commercial litigation team and to assist with the planned development of the firm.