It is with very great sadness that Penningtons Manches announces the death of former managing partner and chief executive, Lesley Lintott, who died peacefully this morning at home after a period of illness. Although she had been diagnosed with cancer last August, Lesley continued to dedicate herself to work both in the office and at events in the following months, which typified her enormous commitment to her clients and colleagues.
Lesley joined the firm as an articled clerk in 1972 and quickly developed a name for herself as a leading private client practitioner. She was appointed as the first woman partner in the firm at the age of 28 and her great wisdom, intelligence and diplomacy proved invaluable not only to her clients but also to her fellow partners. Lesley became managing partner in 1997 and led the firm through some challenging periods during her 11 years in the role. She returned seamlessly to her practice at the end of that period and continued to work hard for her clients and her colleagues to the last.
Lesley was the recipient of many awards and commendations in the private wealth sector, most recently an Inspirational Woman of the Year award in February this year. She took great pride in developing and nurturing the talents of those who worked with her and, in recognition of her achievements, Lesley received the first ever Citywealth Editor’s Choice Award in 2010. In October 2013, Lesley was interviewed by Citywealth in recognition of her high profile within the private client legal sector. In that article, she said: “Mentoring is and always has been very important to me. I enjoy helping people and watching them develop. I am very proud that partners who are now elsewhere speak well of us still.” One of her former trainees said: “She demonstrated that you can be a great, strong professional woman without losing your caring and compassionate side.”
Away from work, Lesley’s passions included jewellery, cricket, music - ranging from Italian opera to Bruce Springsteen, whom she had seen 47 times – wine, and travelling in Italy, France and the United States.
David Raine, Penningtons Manches chief executive, said: “Lesley will be missed as much by her many friends in the sector as she will by her friends and colleagues at Penningtons Manches. There are few in the firm who have not been touched or affected in some way by Lesley’s great talent, warmth and kindness. This is a time of much sorrow for us all. Our thoughts are with Lesley’s family, the private client team and the many other teams where her influence was so strongly felt, and above all with her husband and our colleague, Chris.”
There will be a private funeral, with a memorial service at a later date to be announced.