Osborne Clarke recruits first ever CFOO

Osborne Clarke has hired Claire Binyon as its first ever chief finance and operating officer (CFOO), as the firm looks to strengthen its business services divisions.

The firm is currently run by several business services heads, including finance director Malcolm Smith, chief people officer David Shufflebotham and chief marketing officer Fiona Sigee.

However, Binyon will be given a wider remit, tasked with supporting the implementation of the firm’s overall strategy. She will also be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm, such as finance, IT, compliance and facilities.

“When I stood for election, I said that I would make sure that the structure of our UK business would be ready for the challenges ahead,” said UK managing partner Ray Berg. “Claire’s appointment is one part of that.”

Binyon joins Osborne Clarke from packaging company DS Smith, where she was head of strategy and corporate development. Despite not having a legal background, she has advised on acquisitions and disposals as Cadbury’s global M&A director, and also held business development roles at HSBC, GE Capital and InBev.

The appointment of a CFOO is expected to free up more time for UK managing partner Berg to focus on the firm’s employees and clients. He was elected to the role over a year ago and has since the firm’s UK revenues climb 14 per cent in the first half of the 2015/16 year.