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Theodore Goddard's head of employment is taking over as managing partner just two weeks after Peter Kavanagh relinquished the role.
Kavanagh, corporate partner at Theodore Goddard stepped down half way through his term at the beginning of the month due to difficulties juggling fee earning with a management role. (The Lawyer 3 May).
But while Cooke will continue to be involved in the employment group, he will concentrate on full-time management responsibilities.
Commenting on the fact that most managing partners come from a corporate background, Cooke says: "It is relatively unusual to have someone in the employment area as managing partner but it has happened before."
Cooke says it is early days yet to comment on his intentions for the firm. But he says: "We have been forming both the banking and finance department and the media and technology division since last year which is where we see future development."
Cooke's election to managing partner was uncontested.
Meanwhile, Angela Morgan, corporate finance partner at the firm has been appointed chairman of the Association of Woman Solicitors.