West Bromwich appoints first counsel

The West Bromwich Building Society has hired its first legal counsel in the shape of former Wragge & Co lawyer Simon Welch.

Welch joined the society as group secretary and legal counsel earlier this year from Nottingham Law School, where he was a senior lecturer specialising in property and EU law.

Prior to his time in academia, Welch worked at Wragges’ Birmingham office advising clients such as Vodafone and Starbucks on property development and management.

“The West Brom’s got a really great local reputation, but they’re also a top 10 building society that’s growing at a rate of knots,” Welch said, explaining the attraction of his new role.

West Bromwich is the UK’s ninth-largest building society with assets of more than £5bn and 800 staff. It is a longstanding client of Wragges.

Welch said his work was focused primarily on corporate governance and board-related issues. He will also act as company secretary to West Brom-wich’s subsidiaries.