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Spencer West announces newly formed Director Group and makes key appointments in preparation for next phase of growth

Posted: 18 Aug 2021

Leading integrated fee-sharing law firm Spencer West announces the creation of a new Director Group to work closely and collaboratively with the firm’s management team and other stakeholders on implementing key areas of the firm’s strategy.

The Director Group will work on plans that apply across the firm, with a mandate to steer the firm in accordance with its core values of collaboration, entrepreneurship, and excellence.

The news sees leading employment lawyer and former FTSE HR Director Amanda Lennon appointed as HR and Wellbeing Director, and former General Counsel and construction, engineering and projects lawyer Justine Brazil appointed as Collaboration and Communication Director with immediate effect, both having taken on these roles in addition to their legal practices.

Lennon commented: “I’m delighted to have been appointed into this role, and I’m really excited about driving the firm’s HR and wellbeing strategy. This work will also complement my existing employment law practice for the benefit of colleagues and clients alike.”

Brazil, who joined the firm two and a half years ago, said: “I’m excited to be taking on this new role.  Our collaborative culture is one of the key reasons I was drawn to join Spencer West and has been a key focus for the growth of my practice and of the firm. As flexible and remote working are now the norm rather than the exception, collaboration amongst all our colleagues and active engagement and communication are key to ensuring the future success of the firm.”

The pair join Ian McDowell (Environmental, Social, and Governance Director) and Helen Cox (Marketing Director) and other members of the existing finance and management team to form the advisory and steering group.

The vision is to form a market leading advisory team to support the firm’s growth plans. The initial group are already working on a range of issues, from developing the firm’s ESG focus, to enhancing the firm’s social calendar, and implementing an array of positive changes following the results of a recent firm wide survey on various internal processes.

Co-founder and Senior Partner Simeon Spencer said: "The firm plans to expand the Director Group over time by seeking out further talent internally. This approach to growing a leadership team has developed organically as a result of our culture of supporting its lawyers to lead wherever they wish to do so. This is a philosophy that continues to drive the growth of the firm and has already positioned us as a leading full service corporate commercial and private wealth firm with a growing UK and international presence.”

Spencer continued: “The appointment of Amanda and Justine reflects the contribution they are already making. Our culture differentiates us from our competitors and we are serious about unlocking all the potential we can for our colleagues, many of whom have never practiced in a firm that truly listens to their ideas. They want to work in an environment where they can contribute their skills and experience to a growing and dynamic organisation in a practical and productive way.”

The firm sees the move as yet another key step in its bid to establish itself as the leading UK and international fee-sharing firm, with its partners and lawyers working flexibly as individual practices and keeping a proportion of their fee income.

Fellow co-founder and Managing Partner Antoine West said the move was just the beginning of a new phase of growth for the firm, saying:"We are building a truly global team: a single, collaborative, united community of excellent lawyers to service our international business and private wealth clients. Our model, driven by partner-led practices acting as trusted advisors to our international client base, can be scaled like no other. Our ‘work anywhere, work collaboratively’ approach is resonating with senior lawyers in the marketplace who are looking for a high-quality home for their practices, within a respected, growing, dynamic international law firm with high calibre colleagues to work alongside."

The announcement regarding the new Director Group comes quickly on the tail of the firm having announced the opening of a Brussels office, as well as an affiliation in Dubai, UAE and a hub in the South West of England.  The co-founders of the business predict that more international offices will follow before the end of the year.

About Spencer West

Spencer West is a leading full service international law firm advising businesses and individuals across the UK and globally. Headquartered in the City of London, the firm is built on strong collaborative values. The firm’s experienced lawyers are recognised experts in their fields from leading City, national and international law firms, and senior in-house positions. Working in a modern and dynamic way with autonomy over where, when, and how they work, Spencer West lawyers view issues from the client’s perspective to deliver results. The firm’s international presence and global outlook mean that it is uniquely placed to advise on the entire spectrum of corporate, commercial, and private wealth matters across multiple jurisdictions. For more, visit: www.spencer-west.com.

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