Leeds firm Hammond Suddards has recruited Helena Twist from Nabarro Nathanson to fill its recently-formed post of director of legal development.
The firm wanted someone to handle legal and management training of lawyers, development of library services and strategic planning of the progress of the firm's legal services which was previously part of the development director's job.
Twist was director of legal education at Nabarros for seven years and before that was Dean of the law faculty at Westminster University.
She said her move was long overdue. She first planned to stay at Nabarros for just three years but the training programme was extended.
Twist has also acted as a legal consultant to the National Gas Consumers Council and is a member of the Legislation Committee of the National Federation of Consumer Groups.
She has recently written two books, the latest of which is Effective Interviewing for Lawyers.
Twist said: "Effective project management and information handling can provide law firms with a distinct advantage in their service to clients."
She added: "I joined Hammond Suddards because the firm has proved itself to be one of the more progressive and client focused firms in the country."