Birmingham specialist legal firm Cartwright King which has offices in the McLaren Building on the Queensway has restructured its management team and appointed Rupert Hawke as managing director.
Mr Hawke was previously the firm’s finance director and prior to that its financial controller. He will now be working alongside chairman and original founder Michael Thurston and his fellow directors to build on the firm’s success in readiness for further expansion.
Originally established in Nottingham in 2000 purely as a criminal defence firm when the crime team from Freethcartwright left to set up the business, Cartwright King has since expanded its operations, opening additional offices in Birmingham, Derby, Leicester, Sheffield and Newcastle Gateshead and broadened the range of services it provides.
Its services now include criminal and business defence, family, motoring and road transport law, immigration, mental health and professional discipline as well as inhouse advocacy services.
The firm has grown consistently and turnover has tripled in the last seven years. It now has a team of over 140 staff and directors.
The Birmingham office opened in 2010 and in the last three years has firmly established its place as a key player in the city particularly in terms of business defence and its fraud and regulatory specialisms, criminal defence and immigration services.
“With all the changes taking place in the legal profession, particularly the changes to legal aid, it is important that we are prepared for the challenges that this brings,” said Mr Hawke.
“Over the last few years we have been focusing on ensuring that we have the right structure and team in place to enable us to compete effectively and also ensure that we can provide a high quality service to our clients.
“This strategy appears to be paying off with the firm being well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities and to achieve further growth.”