Ogier appoints personal law head as next chair

Offshore firm Ogier has appointed partner Sarah Fitz as its non-executive chair following an uncontested election.

Fitz, who will continue to act as head of Ogier’s personal law group, takes over from corporate and funds partner Clive Chaplin. Chaplin retires at the end of January 2012 and Fitz will take up her new role in February.

Chaplin became chair of Ogier in February 2009 when the firm rejigged its management structure after group chair Jonathan White stepped down. White’s resignation prompted Ogier to split the role, appointing Nick Kershaw as chief executive of the law firm, Paul Willing as fiduciary chief executive, and Chaplin as chair (8 August 2008).

Chaplin’s tenure has seen continued growth, with Ogier opening an office in Shanghai earlier this year (4 July 2011).

Kershaw thanked Chaplin for his “invaluable contribution” to the firm and said Ogier would continue to go from strength to strength with Fitz at its head.