South East firm Lester Aldridge elected head of the dispute resolution group Michael Giddins as its new managing partner yesterday (June 19).
Giddins beat rival candidates Rachel Lapworth, head of real estate, and corporate partner Tim Ford to the post.
Head of fast-track Karen Savage, who had announced her intention to stand at the end of last month, withdrew from the race.
The election took place following the decision last month by incumbent Roger Woolley to step down after six years at the helm.
Giddins will take over in November for a three-year term, following a five-month handover period. Woolley, a commercial property partner, will return to a full-time fee-earning role.