PETER Stafford, the Managing Director of Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, has been elected as chair of the UK200Group Lawyers’ Group to help grow the influence that law firms have within the innovative UK200Group, the UK’s leading professional services group made up of independent, quality assured chartered accountancy and law firms
Launched in 2020, the Lawyers’ Group provides an exclusive forum for member law firms to promote their expertise and share best practice on how to grow their businesses.
Since the Group was formed, Peter has assisted previous chairman Mark Lello, of Parker Bullen Solicitors, as vice-chair, but was asked to step up to chair the group when Mark stepped aside due to his other commitments within UK200Group.
Peter said: “I am delighted to have been asked to be chairman, and this is a great platform for the law firm members and an opportunity to expand the business we do.
“Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors became a member of the UK200Group around five years ago and it’s an invitation only group where you have to go through a rigorous approval process so we feel honoured to be in the company of such high esteemed businesses.
“The Lawyers’ Group will be used as a platform for the law firms within the overall group to provide a more collaborative approach towards business. When you combine all these voices, it gives us a greater punching weight than if we would have on our own.”
Gary McIndoe, a Director at North-West law firm Latitude Law, was appointed vice-chair of the Lawyers’ Group.
Peter said: “I look forward to working more closely with Gary and the rest of the members to develop the group and give it a louder voice within the law profession.”
The appointments were announced ahead of the UK200Group’s Annual Conference which will be held in Edinburgh on November 10-12.
Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, which has offices in Brampton, Penrith, West Cumbria, Haltwhistle and two in Carlisle, are the only legal firm in Cumbria to be represented in the UK200Group. The team can be contacted on (01228) 516666.