Switalskis group appoints non-executive director

Sue Carter

Former Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank’s UK head of professional services sector, Sue Carter, has joined Switalskis Solicitors as a non-executive director.

After 40 years working in the banking and professional services sectors, Sue set up her consultancy business, Consult Sue Carter, in January this year. During her banking career, she spent over 20 years advising law firms in areas including succession planning, mergers, acquisitions and disposals, coping strategies, funding solutions and balance sheet restructuring.

Sue was appointed to her senior leadership role at Clydesdale Bank PLC in 2011 and, for the last ten years, led a team of 28 sector experts across the UK. In 2008, Sue achieved an MBA in Legal Practice Management and since 2015 she has held a voluntary position as a lay Member on the Law Society of Scotland Council.

As non-executive director at Switalskis, Sue will be involved in the group’s financial management and performance, as well as wider business strategy and planning. Her appointment follows the arrival of former Shulmans managing partner Tim Halstead as chief operating officer in September last year, and the acquisition of Atherton Godfrey Solicitors at the end of December.

Sue said: “I have known John Durkan and the Switalskis team for 20 years, and in my banking role I supported them through some of their previous mergers and acquisitions. Switalskis has always been a forward-thinking business – John was one of the first non-lawyers to lead a law firm – and there is a great future ahead for the group. I’m very much looking forward to helping the management team shape that future.”

Switalskis’ managing director, John Durkan, said:  “I am excited to welcome Sue to Switalskis. Her input will further strengthen our management team, and her knowledge of both our business and the wider legal and professional services landscape will be invaluable as we position the group for further growth.”


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