Theodore Goddard is taking the unprecedented step of appointing a non-lawyer to its head of banking as the department undergoes an internal reorganisation. Nigel West, who joined the firm in 1996 as director of structured finance, heads the banking department which has absorbed Theo-dore Goddard's PFI, asset finance and structured finance units. The banking and finance department will now consist of 18 fee earners. West says: "Having been a client I can see things from that perspective, and being in a neutral position I don't have any history attached." Before joining Theo-dore Goddard, West was director of Hill Samuel Bank and also worked in asset finance for Hill Samuel Asset Finance Ltd. Peter Kavanagh, managing partner at Theodore Goddard says: "We thought the appointment would be good for a number of reasons, including Nigel's skills in marketing and business development." West says: "I don't really see myself as a marketer. I am here to make sure that the profile of the firm is strong, especially in the banking area." He adds: "We are aiming to offer a one-stop shop for finance and legal advice." Kavanagh says reorganising the banking department will serve to elevate areas where there has been overlap. "There were too many small areas in the banking department, more than in any other." "The benefit of a reorganisation is that it will give focus to the department as a whole and will help business development," he says. West adds: "We cannot compete with the larger City firms, but we can maximise our niche banking areas."