Malcolm Iley, Trowers & Hamlins‘ so-called Godfather of local government lawyering, has stepped down as the firm’s head of public sector.
Although remaining with the team in a fee-earning role, he hands over the reins to stalwart and former deputy Helen Randall, a rising star in the local government firmament and a member of The Lawyer‘s Hot 100 for 2007. Part of a local government trio that joined Trowers from Nabarro Nathanson in May 2004 along with Iley and then senior associate and now partner Paul McDermott, Randall will take up Iley’s war with Eversheds‘ Steve Cirrellfor the title of premier player in local government law.
Randall’s role leading on the £200m Oldham regeneration is an excellent gambit, yet local government heads Stephen Matthew at Nabarro, Beth Evans at Bevan Brittan, Nick Dobson at Pinsent Masons and Mark Greenburgh at Wragge & Co are all would-be challengers for the pole position. Let the games begin.