Manchester-based law firm Shoosmiths employs new CEO

UK law firm Shoosmiths which has an office in Manchester’s XYZ Building, has announced Birmingham partner David Jackson is to become its CEO from 1 May 2022.

Simon Boss, who remains CEO at Shoosmiths alongside chairperson Peter Duff, did not stand for re-election.

David currently leads Shoosmiths’ national Commercial Group and has been at the forefront of the development and launch of major LegalTech solutions and other innovative offerings including its complementary non-legal service arm, Shoosmiths Connected Services. He has been a Shoosmiths partner for 15 years, having joined the firm in 2006 from Compass Group Plc, where he was legal counsel.  Prior to that, David was at DLA Piper.

David said of his appointment: “I am honoured and excited to be taking on the role of CEO of Shoosmiths.  And it is no small challenge to follow in Simon’s footsteps, given the exceptional  job he has done over the last three years in steering us through the pandemic and delivering impressive growth across all our business areas. Those turbulent times have brought out the very best in our management team, our partners and our people, and I feel truly privileged to have the opportunity to work alongside Peter in leading them through the next chapter in Shoosmiths’ story.

“The rate of change in the legal profession has never been greater, and that trend is only going to continue, bringing with it many opportunities. So, I am really looking forward to the journey ahead and all along the way we will put our amazing clients and our exceptionally talented people at the heart of everything we do.”