Non-Legal Partner Heralds New Era for Law Firms

Daily Post (Liverpool, England), May 5, 2009 | Go to article overview

Non-Legal Partner Heralds New Era for Law Firms


Byline: BEN SCHOFIELD

MERSEYSIDE law firm Canter Levin and Berg is one of the first in Britain to be allowed to appoint a non-legal partner.

The promotion of Louise Burns- Lunt as the firm's new finance director comes after new changes to the structure of the legal profession took effect.

The firm is one of only 14 nationwide so far given permission by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to appoint partners with no legal training.

The change to firms' management structure is a prelude to more radical changes designed to encourage greater competition.

Canter Levin and Berg equity partner Ian Fitzpatrick said Mrs Burns-Lunt's promotion was another step towards enabling the firm and its clients to be able to take advantage of the shake-up.

He said: "Louise has made a terrific contribution to the firm since joining us six years ago.

"Being able to make her an equity partner is not only reward for her hard work, but allows us to introduce a more consumerfocused approach to the way we will do business from 2011 onwards." Prior to joining Canter Levin and Berg, Mrs Burns-Lunt, 35, from Allerton, had worked in the banking and accountancy sectors in the city. …

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