Parrott & Coales solicitors have appointed Sarah Plumridge as managing partner to continue to drive the firm forward.

Sarah takes over from John Leggett who will retired on 30 April after being managing partner for 19 years.

Within two years of joining the firm in 2000, Sarah was made a partner and has almost 20 years’ experience as a commercial and residential property solicitor.

She will be following in the footsteps of other leaders at Parrott & Coales including Mr Leggett and Miss Margaret Dickens who in 1949 became one of the first female solicitors in the UK and the firm’s first-ever female managing partner in 1978.

Sarah will also bring her skills in business development, having supported in her family property companies, and will use these talents to strengthen Parrott & Coales’ position in the commercial and personal legal services market.

‘We chose Sarah to lead the firm because of her many strong leadership qualities, including her business acumen and entrepreneurial flair,’ said John Leggett. ‘She has the vision and experience to take the firm to new levels and to build on its continual success.’

Sarah said: ‘We pride ourselves in offering high-quality, great value service that remains in line with the ever-changing needs of our clients, whether that’s businesses or everyday people. But we can’t do this without the expertise of our team. 

‘I’m looking forward to building on the talent we already have and in creating the finest leaders to help deliver a vision and strategy that will grow the firm further.’

When asked what advice Sarah would give other aspiring business leaders, Sarah said: ‘The key is to understand what motivates you and don’t be afraid to go for it. 

‘Recognise what you are good at, believe in yourself and learn how to engage others and you will soon reach your goals with a great team behind you.’