Clarke Willmott chair succeeds CEO, who becomes senior partner

Clarke Willmott has appointed chairman Stephen Rosser as its chief executive following the 11-year tenure of David Sedgwick.

David Sedgwick
David Sedgwick

Rosser was only made chairman at the national firm last December, but has taken over the CEO role after Sedgwick decided to stand down at the beginning of the new financial year.

Rosser has set up a strategy board to develop and deliver his new strategy for the firm.

He said: “The challenging marketplace and imminent changes, such as the Legal Service Act, are set to challenge and reshape our industry and as a firm we need to be prepared to deal with these changes.

“Providing quality and value to our clients and focusing on what we do best will be at the core of our strategy”

Sedgwick, who was first elected CEO in 1999, will continue as senior partner and will advise the firm’s board during the transition.

Rosser added: “I’m very grateful to David for all his hard work over the years and I’m grateful for his continued support as I take over this exciting but demanding role. I’m aware the firm will face many challenges over the next 12 months.”

Last year, Clarke Willmott launched an outsourcing venture with Exigent that saw it send its typing work to South Africa while simultaneously setting up its own secretarial training scheme in Birmingham following a redundancy programme (6 October 2009).