First woman head for top 10 firm

LOVELL White Durrant's Lesley MacDonagh is set to become the first woman managing partner of a top 10 firm.

MacDonagh, a senior partner in Lovell's property practice, will serve with Michael Maunsell who has been re-elected for a further two years.

“Now that more than 50 per cent of the entrants to the profession are women, we will increasingly see women in key positions, but I am delighted to have been elected at this time,” she says.

“We have a very broad client base, eight overseas offices and over 1,400 members of the firm. The potential for growth and excellence in that particular cocktail is enormous,” she adds.

MacDonagh, 42, who succeeds Charles Dodson in May, joined the firm in 1978 and became a partner three years later. She has been managing partner of the firm's property sector for the past two years. She is also a Law Society Council member, representing the City constituency.

As part of the shake-up in senior positions, litigation partner Andrew Walker will succeed Cavan Taylor who retires as senior partner at the end of April.

Walker has particular expertise in arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and insurance disputes.

On MacDonagh's appointment to the post, Taylor says: “Lesley is not only a very talented lawyer but she has also demonstrated considerable skills in managing our property and environmental sector.

“She will undoubtedly bring a new dimension of leadership to the firm as a managing partner.”