Birmingham Law Society, the largest law society in the UK outside London, has appointed its first ever chief executive.
Local business consultant and accountant Paul Farrow has been appointed to the new post.
The Society created the new role in response to the shake-up of the legal profession anticipated by the Legal Services Bill, which follows the Clementi review and is expected to shake up the profession.
President Philip Steel explained: “Over the last few months the legal services sector of the professional community has experienced substantial change, and in turn this needs the regional law societies to respond.
“The Law Society in London has moved itself towards separation of regulatory and representative roles. However Birmingham Law Society is well placed to expand its role as representing its regional members on the issues and opportunities both current and anticipated.”
The new role will include overseeing the day-to-day running of Birmingham Law Society and its member services, training and development programme, and recruitment services.
Farrow qualified as an accountant in London, where he worked for 10 years. In 1978 he returned to the Midlands, joining Birmingham and Solihull accountants Halls as a partner. Halls merged with Baker Tilly in 1991.
In 2003, Farrow left to form his own business advising small to medium-sized businesses on strategy. He will combine this role with the three-day-a-week post at Birmingham Law Society.