Shakespeares strengthens senior team with non-lawyer Managing Director
11 Feb, 2013
Shakespeares has appointed highly-experienced senior director and business leader Nick Brown as its new Managing Director. He joins from FTSE 100 Serco Group Plc to help drive the firm’s operational efficiency and further secure the benefits of recent mergers.
The role of Managing Director is new at Shakespeares and has been created following the rapid expansion of the firm, which includes the completion of six mergers in the last five years. Nick will be working alongside Shakespeares’ high profile Chief Executive Paul Wilson. The firm’s latest merger with Harvey Ingram made the firm the second-largest law firm in the Midlands and doubled its annual turnover to £50m. Shakespeares now operates from seven offices spanning the East and West Midlands, as well as Milton Keynes.
Nick has pursued a successful career in the transport industry over the last 30 years, leading privatised rail and bus companies in the Midlands and Scotland. At Serco, Nick was Chief Executive of the Transport and Middle East business generating annual revenues of £700million. More recently, he was Group Strategy and Business Development Director at the company, seeking new markets and growth opportunities in the UK and internationally. He was also a member of the Group risk management, ethics and investment committees.
Commenting on his appointment, Paul Wilson, Chief Executive at Shakespeares, says: “I am delighted that Nick is on board to support the firm in realising its commercial potential and fulfilling its goal to be recognised as the Midlands’ premier law firm. Shakespeares is a dynamic place to be, with exciting plans for the future, and it is great to have Nick’s strength in bringing these to fruition.”
Nick Brown, MD at Shakespeares, adds: “I am really looking forward to continuing to drive Shakespeares’ success story. This is a firm that has substantial momentum and is achieving the right balance in terms of its focus on quality, expertise and commercial good sense. There are real opportunities to strengthen the firm further and I look forward to working with the team to realise these.”