Catriona Gibson becomes first female to head law firm Arthur Cox in province
The head of the dispute resolution team of law firm Arthur Cox has been appointed as its managing partner.
Catriona Gibson's promotion makes her the first female to lead a top-tier law firm in the province.
Ms Gibson, who succeeds Alan Taylor in the role, will lead a team of 90 people in total.
And she'll continue to head up the dispute resolution section of the firm.
Alan Taylor is now chairman of the Belfast office of the Dublin-based practice, after eight years as managing partner.
Ms Gibson has been with the firm for a decade and specialises in commercial, product liability and finance litigation.
The Queen's University graduate joined Arthur Cox after practising in England for 13 years with Lovells (now Hogan Lovells) and Shoosmiths.
Ms Gibson said: "It's a tremendous honour to lead one of the most respected advisory teams in Northern Ireland.
"Our firm in Belfast has a history that stretches back almost 100 years, and it is remarkable what we have built under Alan's term - a firm with truly global reach and capabilities, one that is a natural adviser to the largest multinationals operating here.
"Looking forward, we are committed to the local marketplace and committed to providing trusted and innovative advice to an ever-growing national and international client base.
"I have learnt much from Alan's leadership and will continue to value his counsel as we further build our reputation for nuanced and pragmatic advice."
Mr Taylor said Ms Gibson had been a "leading light" in the practice for many years who was both technically "very strong, but also very commercially minded".
He said: "Catriona has been a major driver of Arthur Cox's success and has been heavily involved in a number of genuinely pioneering legal developments in recent years.
"I look forward to working closely with Catriona in her new role, in which I know she will be a huge success."
Arthur Cox employs a total of 350 lawyers across offices in Dublin, London, New York and California's Silicon Valley, as well as Belfast.