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Hammonds’ London office has created the role of finance director in a bid to encourage better cash collection by partners, while also naming five international office liaison partners to improve communication and referrals throughout the network.
Employment partner Caroline Noblet has been appointed to the finance director role by London head Robert Weekes.
Weekes said: “We want to encourage our lawyers to view the firm as a business and approach it with a business-minded attitude.Cross-selling practice areas and offices and improving cash collection are all important parts of that.”
Weekes has tasked five London partners with developing ties with the firm’s international offices.
The move comes as the national firm attempts to streamline referral processes amid tougher economic conditions.
“The idea is to connect international offices with London and make sure we’re making the most out of our network,” said Weekes. “The partners who are responsible for each office know all of the markets well and can aid that referral network well.”
The partners appointed are Carl Rohsler for Germany, Jan Lucas for France, Nick Allen for Brussels and Spain and David Hull and Jan Bullen for the US.
Weekes is in the process of appointing a partner to liaise with operations in China and the Far East.
Each of the partners has a client base that is active in their assigned jurisdiction and pays frequent visits to the specific offices.