Hammonds lands ex-Capgemini CEO as non-exec

Hammonds has appointed the former UK CEO of Capgemini as a non-executive director.

Clive Williams, who was also formerly a managing partner at Ernst & Young UK, was CEO for Capgemini for UK & Ireland until 2005, as well as head of its consulting services arm for Northern Europe.

Since 2005 he has worked as non-executive director for Huntswood CTC, Lagan Technologies, Northern Venture Trust and the THB Group.

Williams’ hire is the latest development in Hammonds’ campaign to stabilise the firm after a debilitating series of partner losses in the past two years.

Following a strategic review in November 2005, the firm is reorganising its management structure to strengthen corporate governance.

Williams will sit on the partnership board alongside non-executive chairman Crawford Gillies, who was hired from management consultants Bain & Co in October last year.

Williams said: “Over the course of the past 12 months the firm has refocused its strategic direction, and I am very much looking forward to playing a part in its continued development.”

Hammonds made tentative recovery steps with the hire of planning and environmental barrister Penny Jewkes last month, as well as assistants James Thompson and Richard Weatherhogg (The Lawyer, 16 February).

However, the firm was also hit by a raid this month, when real estate litigation partner Andrew Todd and associate Sophie Lawton were hired by DWF’s Leeds office (The Lawyer, 5 March).