International law firm Pinsent Masons has appointed Andrea McIlroy-Rose as the new head of its Belfast office.
She replaces Paul McBride, who left the firm to join Arthur Cox as its corporate and commercial partner.
Ms McIlroy-Rose was the first female partner of Belfast firm L'Estrange & Brett when they merged with Scottish firm McGrigors in 2009. It merged with Pinsent Masons three years later.
For the last four years she has led the Belfast property team of 14 lawyers. She has also held an elected board position on the firm's remuneration and partnership committee as well as being head of the firm's UK retail property team.
The mother-of-two has an interest in diversity and inclusion, and since 2013 has been the international chairwoman of the firm's female networking group, Female Futures, whose membership spans all of the 23 Pinsent Masons offices.
Ms McIlroy-Rose is also a finalist in the Legal Adviser of the Year category of the inaugural Women in Finance Awards 2017 to be held in London next month.
A spokesman said the appointment follows a "busy year" at Pinsent Masons with deals including the purchase of Lisnagelvin shopping centre for Cordatus, acting for international investment fund MedicX in the redevelopment of the King's Hall and the purchase of Viridian by I-Squared Capital.