Solicitors announce series of senior appointments

Michael Cracknell, Natalie Birrell, Kevin Peake and Graham Street – – Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King solicitors have announced a series of senior appointments across the South West.

The appointments follow a wider-reaching restructuring of the firm’s management functions that have seen the firm appoint its first Operations Director, a new Head of Risk and Best Practice, and a non-executive chair to the Board.

Kevin Peake joined the firm on 5 February as its Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications from Irwin Mitchell, where he was Group Sales & Marketing Director.

He brings to the firm a strong track record in transforming professional and financial services brands, having previously led the marketing functions at Clifton Asset Management, npower, Aviva, Abbey National and TSB.

His appointment closely follows that of Michael Cracknell as Senior Business Development Manager in the firm’s central London office, and Natalie Birrell as Head of Marketing Communications.

Michael has a 16-year track record in the professional services sector, having recently worked at Mazars, PwC, Bird & Bird, DLA Piper, Baker Tilly (now RSM) and Eversheds.  Natalie, a former journalist, previously led her own PR consultancy advising professional services firms.

Graham Street, managing partner of Royds Withy King, said: “We are delighted to have recruited such experienced business development and marketing talent into the firm. We have a strong story to tell with high profile clients and a great breadth of legal expertise across our business, private client, personal injury and medical negligence practices.

“The team’s initial focus will be on developing our profiles in the industry sectors where we already have strong relationships and a proven track record.”