Slaughters completes management overhaul

Slaughter and May

has appointed its first female head of corporate in the final round of management elections.

Corporate partner Frances Murphy takes over from new senior partner Chris Saul as head of the corporate department.

Murphy, who has been at Slaughters since joining as a trainee in 1981, said:
“I am delighted. It is a real honour that my partners have chosen me. I will be working closely with Chris and the rest of the management team.”

The firm has nominated eight practice stream heads, including four promotions, as well as the final eight members of the partnership board.

The new appointments take effect from 1 May, completing Slaughter’s new-look leadership team. New senior partner Saul, executive partner Graham White and practice partner Paul Olney were all elected this year.

In other new appointments, David Waterfield succeeds Graham White as head of commercial real estate, Richard Clark heads the dispute resolution group in place of Elizabeth Barrett and Jonathan Fenn takes over as pensions and employment head from Eddie Codrington.

The heads of the financing, M&A, competition and tax practices remain unchanged.

The new partnership board comprises:

Chris Saul (senior partner)
Graham White (executive partner)
Paul Olney (practice partner)
Andrew Balfour
Philippe Chappatte
Richard Clark
Craig Cleaver
Steve Cooke
Steven Edge
Frances Murphy
Roland Turnill