Switalskis makes senior appointent to drive future growth

Switalskis Solicitors MD, John Durkan, with newly appointed chief operating officer, Tim Halstead

Switalskis Solicitors has appointed Tim Halstead to a new role as chief operating officer, to work alongside managing director, John Durkan, across its eleven offices throughout the Yorkshire region.

Tim was previously the managing partner for 26 years at Shulmans LLP, where he worked until its £20m takeover by Knights plc in April 2020. A well-respected legal industry figure, Tim helped to grow Shulmans from a £1m to an £18m turnover business which enjoyed impressive average growth of over ten per cent per annum since 2010.

Amongst his industry achievements, Tim won the coveted Managing Partner of the Year Award at the Yorkshire Legal Awards in 2019. He is also chair of the Board of Trustees at Martin House Children’s Hospice at Boston Spa.

John Durkan said: “I am very excited to welcome Tim to our management team and know that his knowledge and industry experience will be put to good use with immediate effect. He will work closely with the board and directors on key strategic matters and operational functions to ensure the firm is well placed to capitalise on growth opportunities.

“Tim will also concentrate on developing our staff to reach their full potential, as well as being a sounding board for them. Tim’s vast experience of law firm management, his strategic approach and bringing with him a different perspective will be invaluable and puts us in a strong position as we continue to grow and develop our business.”

Tim Halstead said: “I have looked at various opportunities over the last few months but was particularly attracted to Switalskis’ culture, values and its solid approach to running a business.

“The firm works in a number of different areas of law to my previous firm, but the fundamentals of running a legal business are the same. What matters to me is to work with people who share my approach to the way that legal services should be delivered and the importance of putting people at the heart of the business.”


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