East Anglian law firm Fosters Solicitors adopts new management structure

Long-established firm Fosters Solicitors is adopting a new management structure as it gears up for changes in the legal marketplace.

The firm, which has just celebrated its 250th anniversary, has adapted its management structure with the appointment of a new executive committee to take over the day-to-day running of the business which employs 120 staff and has offices in Bungay, Bury St Edmunds, Gorleston, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Norwich, Thetford and Wymondham.

Executive directors on the committee – Chris Brown, Lucy Simpson and Andrea Spooner – have all been with Fosters since the mid 1990s.

They will retain their existing roles of head of crime and defence; joint head of family law and practice director respectively.

Former managing partner Andrew Saul and deputy Steve Green remain as board members. The firm said the move follows extensive consultation with clients and the desire to make sure the practice is in the best shape to take advantage of the changing face of the legal system and the introduction at the end of last year of the so-called 'Tesco Law' Legal Services Act which enabled legal services to be offered by a wide range of businesses.

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Chief executive Mr Brown said: 'In the last 12 months we have extended our areas of practice, merged with a north Suffolk firm and become the official legal partner to Norwich City Football Club.

'All of these changes have led us to consider how our manage- ment structure should reflect that aim.'

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