McAuley, who has led the practice since 2003 and who stood uncontested in the election, will begin his new term in January.
He said: “I’m proud to be part of a real estate practice which enjoys such a terrific reputation.
“This has been a difficult year for the property industry, but we look forward to working with our clients to make the most of the opportunities as activity levels across the market pick up again.”
McAuley’s election is the latest in a series being held at the firm. Earlier today TheLawyer.com reported that Bas Boris Visser won an election to become the firm’s new Amsterdam managing partner (16 October 2009).
Earlier this month London managing partner Jeremy Sandelson won the race to become the firm’s next global litigation head after standing against former Asia litigation chief Denis Brock (7 October 2009).
The firm is now in the process of taking nominations to find a successor for Sandelson, with Clifford Chance London finance head Mark Stewart and London capital markets chief David Bickerton expected to go head-to-head for the role (14 October 2009).