Weightmans elects new management team

North West firm Weightmans has elected partners John Schorah and Dan Cutts as its new managing and senior partners, replacing Patrick Gaul and Ian Evans respectively.

Schorah and Cutts will take over on 1 May 2013. Gaul is returning to fee-earning in the firm’s professional risk team after 10 years as managing partner, overseeing the firm’s growth from a £27.7m outfit to a firm turning over £77.1m.

Meanwhile Evans, who has been senior partner since 2000, will retire from the firm after joining Weightmans as an articled clerk in 1973.

Schorah joined Weightmans in 2003 and is currently director of commercial services, overseeing the firm’s commercial strategy. He has past management experience, having been chief executive of computer company Rage before moving to Weightmans.

Cutts, an insurance lawyer, has sat on Weightmans’ board since 2002 and is the firm’s director of insurance.

Weightmans announced strong half-year results in November (13 November 2012) after mergers with Vizards Wyeth and Mace & Jones in the 2011/12 financial year.