Law firm chief exec steps down to go solo

Rupert Hawke

Rupert Hawke, previously chief executive at Nottingham law firm Cartwright King, has stepped down to set up his own consultancy firm – Hawke Legal.

Hawke says his firm’s aim is to “help drive more law firms forward and assist with the management and financial side of client’s businesses by offering a range of packages of advice”.

Hawke says he will be offering a range of services including interim MD & FD roles, strategy review and business development, mergers and acquisition, turnarounds, management training and case management system implementation.

Hawke said: “There is a gap in the market for senior-level legal industry advice and I have the experience of taking a law firm from three offices to 18 nationwide, having managed all the central strategies needed to achieve that growth. There aren’t many if any individuals with that experience offering advice to both private client and legally aided firms and with a range of fee structures suitable for law firms of all sizes.”

He added: “The time was right for a change and with so much deregulation and new entrants in the market, I wanted a new challenge. The gig economy is rising in that firms can now access flexible advice from a range of consultants with expert knowledge in the legal industry. This makes expert advice cheaper and more focused on results without the need for hiring full-time staff. That poses a great opportunity and one that I wish to be a part of.”