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Riverview Law has appointed 3 Verulam Buildings’ (3VB) practice director Jeremy Hopkins as director of operations.
Hopkins will assume administrative control of Riverview Chambers. The set launched last month with 43 barristers and is aiming to provide direct access to companies on a fixed-fee basis (20 February 2012).
Hopkins said the aim was to deploy the right combination of barristers or solicitors as dictated by customer requirements, without being constrained by the traditional approach.
“You’ve got to appreciate the value of top legal brains, but you have to know how to deploy them in the right way,” Hopkins said.
At Riverview, Hopkins will be responsible for developing the administrative team of the chambers, which is expected to make a series of appointments in the coming months.
“Riverview Law is unashamedly forward thinking, which struck a chord with me.,” Hopkins said. “We share the same passions about the law and customer service and I believe I can play a big part in the strategy Riverview Law is pursuing.”
Richard Lissack QC, head of Riverview Chambers’ business team, added: “Jeremy’s highly capable and very well regarded in the profession and this is a strong sign of Riverview’s intention to attract the very best talent throughout the entire business.”
The news will mean further upheaval for 3VB’s clerking room, which last month appointed Keating Chambers’ director of clerking Paul Cooklin as practice director following the surprise exit of Nick Hill (7 February 2012).
Hopkins is expected to leave the set next month.
Riverview was unveiled in October as a subsidiary of LawVest, a company in which DLA Piper has a £62,500 share holding (28 October 2011).
LawVest has come under the spotlight after it was revealed that DLA Piper co-chief executive Sir Nigel Knowles and a small number of other partners at the firm had personally invested in the ABS without declaring it to the firm’s board or the wider partnership (27 February 2012).