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Non-lawyer Karl Wingfield appointed as head of private client practice at Thomson Snell & Passmore

Follows the appointment of non-lawyer Simon Slater as CEO

10 July 2015

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BP Collins' former leader, Karl Wingfield, has been appointed as co-head of Thomson Snell & Passmore's private client practice.

The chartered accountant had spent nine years in total at the Thames Valley firm as COO and, subsequently, CEO.

Together with partner Eddie Fardell, Wingfield is responsible for driving the private client practice's ambitious growth plans, building and embedding client relationships and developing its service offering.

"In appointing Karl to this important role we aim to marry his combination of commercial know-how, deep interest in private clients and their families and an extensive knowledge of law firm management with our rich heritage of excellence in our service to private clients," said senior partner James Partridge.

"Our management board is pushing forward our plan to become one of the pre-eminent law firms in the South East and building the premier private wealth practice is a key part of that plan."

Wingfield's appointment follows the appointment of non-lawyer Simon Slater as CEO and the establishment of the newly-created board.

These changes have been made as part of the firm's five-year growth strategy toward 2020 - the 450th anniversary of the founding of the UK's oldest law firm.

Commenting on his appointment, Wingfield said: "This is an exciting time for the firm's private client practice. There are a number of significant changes occurring in the private wealth market: people are living longer, are wealthier, often have complex family arrangements and assets all over the world and the government is looking to increase tax revenues."

Wingfield is a member of STEP and holds the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates and STEP Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising.

 

 

 

 

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