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Kim Carr becomes the first female chair of LawNet

'Outstanding customer service' will be key to differentiating member firms

13 October 2015

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FBC Manby Bowdler's managing partner, Kim Carr, has been appointed the new chair of law firm network LawNet.

The first woman to hold the role in the network's 26-year history, LawNet says her leadership of the member-run board will be key to achieving its strategy and growth plans.

"There are big challenges in the sector, with consolidation continuing, but it's a time that offers LawNet firms huge opportunities, if we are commercially focussed and differentiate ourselves," said Carr. "I believe outstanding customer service lies at the heart of that."

FBC Manby Bowdler was a founding member of LawNet in 1989 and has at five offices across the West Midlands and Shropshire. It was named firm of the year in 2014 by its regional Law Society and regularly appears in the Sunday Times' 'Best Companies to Work For' listings.

Carr joining the firm as a trainee and later headed the private client department before becoming managing partner in 2005. She led the merger of FBC Solicitors with Manby Steward Bowdler in 2008 and was named LawNet managing partner of the year in 2012.

She succeeds Rob Salisbury, managing partner of North Wales firm Gamlins, as chair of the board.

Commenting on her appointment, chief executive Chris Marston said: "We've seen our network grow over the past year, and our proposition remains rooted in supporting firms to deliver great customer service, providing high-quality learning and keeping the lid on PII premiums through a strong risk management culture. We've got big ambitions for the future, constrained only by the number of firms that will match up to our selection criteria."

The LawNet network was established in 1989 to enable a collaborative, mutually-owned national network where independent law firms can access big firm resources and benefit from collective purchasing, shared knowledge, best practice and expertise.




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