Bondholder Flint Bishop LLP has appointed Qamer Ghafoor as Chief Executive and established a new Management Board to advance the firm’s ambitious growth plans.
Flint Bishop’s three Equity Partners, Qamer Ghafoor, Andrew Cochrane and Ian Beardmore, have decided to revamp and streamline the management structure of the business, with a move away from traditional law firm management arrangements to a more corporate-style board structure.
With effect from 1 March 2018, Qamer, who was the Managing Partner of Commercial Services, has assumed the new role of Chief Executive for the firm and will oversee the new Management Board. Wai Yan Fung joined the firm in 2017 from multi-national vehicle rental firm Sixt, where she spent many years as Finance Director of the UK arm of the business and has taken on the role of Chief Finance and Chief Operations Officer, working closely with Qamer on financial management and strategy.
Ian Beardmore, as well as being Head of Commercial Property, is now also Head of Compliance; and Andrew Cochrane has taken up the position of Chairman and Senior Partner of the firm.
The new Management Board comprises of a small number of Partners who will participate in formulating the strategic objectives of the firm and will play a vital role in management and planning for the future. The Board consists of Qamer Ghafoor (as Chair of the Board), Wai Yan Fung, Andrew Cochrane, David Miller, Bev Simms, Robert Tice and Nick Wells.
Qamer Ghafoor, Chief Executive of Flint Bishop comments: “I am delighted to be appointed Chief Executive and to have the opportunity to lead and shape the firm in the coming years. The firm is in a very strong position and the focus will be to develop further specialist areas of law, recruit key lateral hires, make significant investment in people and technology and, overall, to ensure that clients continue to receive exceptional and affordable advice. I have appointed Wai Yan to bring her wealth of finance and business knowledge to the firm and I hope that her experiences from other sectors will help us to break from the traditional law firm model. The members of the new Management Board are all very experienced lawyers and have excellent commercial knowledge. Importantly, we all share the same vision, passion, ambition and drive for the future of Flint Bishop.”