News
2 March 2015

Parklane Plowden has undergone a radical restructure

Parklane Plowden has undergone a radical restructure to future-proof its position as the leading civil set on the North Eastern Circuit.

Over the past 12 months Parklane Plowden has undergone a unique consultation process which has scrutinised all of the key functions associated with running a Chambers. The result is a new innovative structure that will enable US to deliver a legal service that is more efficient and responsive to the changing legal landscape.

Making the announcement, Head of Chambers, Andrew Axon said “We have a clear strategy for growth in terms of the work we do, the relationships we have and the size of chambers. Our new structure will allow us to focus on quality in everything we do from the service we provide to our clients to the efficiency of our internal chambers operations.”

Parklane Plowden has created an Executive Management Board to oversee and drive delivery on all aspects of the growth strategy. The other key element in the restructure is the setting up of a separate service company charged with managing the internal systems associated with running a chambers.

The Board and Service Company include a number of external non-executive members who are well recognised within the legal arena. They include Geoff Harrison, who played a key role in the integration of Eversheds in 2000 and Natalie Rodgers, a Marketing Consultant and former DLA Piper lawyer, who has specialised in working with barristers’ chambers for over 10 years. In addition, Chambers has appointed Jenny Hatfield as Financial Director.

This root and branch change will enable barristers and clerks to work with increased efficiency by freeing them of the administrative tasks that do not enhance the solicitor-client experience.  The change will also pave the way for exploring new avenues of work including ABS arrangements and block contracting.

Photo from L-R Natalie Rodgers, Geoff Harrison, Richard Copnall, Andy Gray, Andrew Axon, Steven Turner, Kelly Todd, Elizabeth Hodgson, Mark Williams, Seamus Sweeney, Michael Stubbs and Jenny Hatfield.