Fosters ditches managing partner role in favour of executive team

Fosters has created an executive committee to take over running of the firm from its managing partner team.

Chris Brown
Chris Brown

Head of crime and defence Chris Brown, joint head of family Lucy Simpson and practice director Andrea Spooner have all been named as executives directors in charge of the day-to-day running of the firm, but will keep their respective department-head roles too.

The committee replaces managing partner Andrew Saul and deputy Steve Green, who remain board members.

According to the firm, the changes comes following talks with clients and after looking at the changing legal market in light of the Legal Services Act.

“Clients tell us they’re more comfortable dealing with a legal practice which has a familiar commercial structure,” said  Brown. “As Fosters continues to grow the executive committee can set about delivering the vision of the board – a modern, forward-thinking legal practice, putting clients at the heart of the decisions we make. 

“To date the massive changes predicted by many have not yet materialised but that doesn’t mean they will not in the future and we’re already altering the way we offer our services to reflect this,” added Simpson.

Fosters has 120 staff across offices in Bungay, Bury St Edmunds, Gorleston, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Norwich, Thetford and Wymondham.