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The chief executive of Liverpool-based personal injury specialists Forster Dean, Greg Shields, has left the firm.
A spokesperson for Forster Dean confirmed this afternoon that Shields no longer worked at the firm but could offer no more details at this time.
Shields led the first pure management buyout of a law firm in the UK back in 2007 and since then has taken the number of offices at Forster Dean from two to 29. He was included in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 publication in recognition of his leadership at the firm, at which point he said he planned to add 10 new sites to the firm each year from September 2013 onwards (28 January 2013).
However earlier this year Forster Dean confirmed that more than a dozen lawyers and staff had left the firm following a redundancy consultation (25 January 2013).
At the time Shields lambasted the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) as he announced the job cuts, claiming the MoJ’s proposals on reducing costs for road traffic accident cases were “dangerous and frightening” and that his firm had been refused information it had requested on the thinking behind the MoJ’s consultation.
“All those who are leaving Forster Dean are really good people,” said Shields in January. “But we felt, due to the absolute lack of any kind of clarity from the MoJ, we have to try to prepare for the future.”