Hammonds chief plans to unite international offices

Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley has vowed that his re-election will see the implementation of his ‘one firm’ strategy.

Crossley, who was unanimously reappointed to the post last month, told The Lawyer that his last term in office has seen the firm turn itself around and that Hammonds was now ready to “go forward”.

The push, which Crossley promised as part of his manifesto at the recent unopposed election, includes bringing uniformity to Hammonds on an international scale.

“Business outside the UK is becoming increasingly important and clients who use the firm in more than one jurisdiction want to know they’ll receive the same level of service in any jurisdiction,” explained Crossley. “This is what we’re working to deliver, which will see clients receive just one invoice, one price and so on, even when using the firm across borders.”

Crossley, who will stay in the post until 2011, added that the firm was pushing forward with its integrated financial system, which will mean clients no longer receive multiple bills.

The firm is also focusing on providing management training for all its international and regional offices alongside continuous business development.

As The Lawyer revealed (29 October 2007), Crossley is set on pushing Hammonds forward as a business, as opposed to a profession, and it is a philosophy he will continue to follow.

Crossley added: “Acting like a profession there is often a tendency to just offer what you decide on, and that’s not the best approach.”