Atteys Solicitors has appointed Charles Glover as its new chief executive.
The former managing director of Dig For Fire has joined the South Yorkshire legal firm, which has five offices and 145 staff, as a ‘non lawyer’ chief executive. The Legal Services Act, widely known as ‘Tesco Law’, allows lawyers and non-lawyers to share the management and control of a business providing legal services.
Mr Glover has more than 20 years experience owning and running businesses, including marketing agency Paradigm which he successfully merged with Scope Creative Marketing in 2003 to create Dig For Fire, which was sold to the AIM-listed Digital Marketing Group in 2006.
“Charles is the ideal appointment to this role, following a rigorous recruitment process designed to help Atteys develop and expand its offer to clients in light of the Legal Services Act,” said Gill Knight, Atteys partner and head of personal injury.
“It is critical that the legal profession widens its approach and harnesses the best talent if it is to secure a profitable future. Charles has great financial acumen and a clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges that the legal sector faces.”
Mr Glover said: “The legal profession faces one of the biggest shake-ups in its history, with those that have a sustainable business model well placed to capitalise on the opportunities the Legal Services Act brings. Atteys has a strong and profitable base to build from and it is a great privilege to be able to play a key role in evolving the offer and work with a highly skilled team to develop new, flexible legal services.
“Prior to joining Atteys, I had a keen interest in the legal sector and the challenges it faces from a business perspective. When this opportunity came along, it fitted extremely well with my own motivations and experience. There are some striking similarities between the legal and marketing services sectors. Change is a constant with the latter, with the best advertising and marketing agencies breathing innovation and expecting to restructure and change their services to fit the market.
“The Legal Services Act is a positive force for the consumer and will help to make legal products more transparent and cost effective and less stressful to access.”