Leading international law firm Slaughter and May has announced the election of Deborah Finkler as the firm’s first managing partner.
It revealed Finkler is set to take up the role on 1 May 2022, following the retirement of practice partner David Wittmann and executive partner Paul Stacey.
Slaughter and May has said the new role of managing partner will include the functions of the practice partner, together with the” strategic elements” of the executive partner’s role.
According to the firm, the news follows June’s announcement detailing the “rationale” for a change in structure of the executive function at Slaughter and May, given the growth of responsibilities in this area.
Finkler is set to work closely with Wittmann, Stacey and senior partner, Steve Cooke.
Cooke said: “I am delighted to announce Deborah’s appointment. Her reputation as a practitioner is outstanding and she combines this experience with great knowledge of the firm from her time as head of our Disputes and Investigations Group and as a previous member of the Partnership Board.”
Finkler added: “The creation of the managing partner role marks a significant change for the firm. It is an exciting challenge for me, and I am grateful for the support of my partners as I step up.”