Nicola Solomon of law firm Finers Stephens Innocent is to be the new general secretary of the Society of Authors, replacing Mark Le Fanu who leaves his post at the end of March.
Solomon had been solicitor to the Society for over 20 years, and "a long and committed advocate of the rights of authors," the Society said.
Le Fanu said the Society was "lucky to have secured someone of her calibre and will be in excellent hands." He added: "She has wide experience of intellectual property law and is well known for her practical and constructive approach to solving problems. Her passionate support for the profession will ensure that the Society provides a first-class service to members, as well as having an influence on national policies affecting writers."
Solomon said that Le Fanu would be "a very hard act to follow", saying he had left the Society "a brilliant staff and an energetic and enthusiastic Management Committee of distinguished authors".
Crime author, Pauline Rowson, says, 'I'd like to add my thanks to Mark Le Fanu for all his hard work at the Society of Authors over the years. The Society has helped me enormously with queries about contracts, rights and other related matters, and provides a voice for writers, which is much needed in these difficult times when writers livelihoods are being threatened.'