Peter Jackson

Seven business units becomes four at Hill Dickinson

Law firm Hill Dickinson has announced a number of structural changes to its practice groups and board after an operational review of the business.

In a move to streamline the firm's services the number of practice groups will be amalgamated from seven into four groups.

The current employment & pensions, property & construction and company commercial practice groups have been amalgamated to form one business services unit which will be headed up by David Chinn. The current insurance and professional risks practice groups have merged to form one insurance unit which will be headed up by business group leader Ruth Lawrence. The health and marine business groups will remain unaffected by the changes and will be headed up by Allan Mowat and Maria Pittordis respectively.

Peter Jackson, managing partner, said: "As part of our on-going process to review the firm's strategy we undertook an extensive internal consultation programme to ensure we continue to offer the most effective service to our clients. The firm has undergone considerable changes in recent years including two acquisitions, a series of key lateral appointments and significant organic growth. Coupled with ever changing market conditions we believe it is right to present a more streamlined structure which will be far more meaningful to the marketplace, grouping key services in logical business groups."

In a further change to its operation Hill Dickinson is to dissolve the management board and will form a single unitary LLP board which will be chaired by new senior partner, David Wareing. Previously, the firm had both a management board and an LLP Board.

Jackson will be a formal member of the unitary LLP board, as will finance director, Colin Wardale. Jackson will continue to work with business group leaders and directors in managing the operation of the LLP.

Jackson continued: "Our new structure will help us to present a united legal services business for the benefit of our clients. It enables us to take a sector and market focus allowing us to invest in robust business areas where we know there is client demand such as retail, transport and energy.

"The re-structure will also enable us to focus on getting the very best out of our people and creating an environment which fosters and encourages innovation and creative solutions which add value for all our clients."

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