Shoosmiths to split finance and IT head role as director quits the law

Shoosmiths to split finance and IT head role as director quits the law” />Shoosmiths’ head of finance and IT Rosemary Kind has quit to pursue a career in writing after ushering the firm through an incredible four years’ growth.

Since Kind joined the firm in 2000, Shoosmiths’ average profit per equity partner (PEP) has risen an astonishing 94.3 per cent from £176,000 in 2001 to £342,000 in 2005. Turnover has increased 39.8 per cent from £43.5m to £60.8m over the same period.

Shoosmiths is to split Kind’s position into two roles, with one person responsible for the IT department and another responsible for the finance department.

Chief executive Paul Stothard said the decision to split the role was inevitable as the job was becoming too big for one person.

Stothard said that Kind had been a “key part of the management team” and will be leaving “a strong legacy for her successors”.

Kind is one of the few female finance directors among the top 50 firms. She joined Shoosmiths in 2000 as head of finance for the commercial division and was promoted to firmwide IT director in May 2002. She become firmwide finance director in January 2003.