Law firm announces new leadership team

Michael Shroot and Simon Brown

A Lancashire based law firm has announced a new leadership team which includes the arrival of its first managing director.

Simon Brown has joined WHN Solicitors from Money Advice Group Limited (MAG) and will lead the development of the firm alongside current director Michael Shroot, who takes up the role of chief executive.

After joining Manchester-based Money Advice Group in 2009 as financial director, Simon spearheaded the growth of MAG’s group of companies from 30 to 400 people in ten years, achieving a turnover of £23 million and latterly becoming managing director.

His role included growth strategy, acquisitions and disposals, risk management and financial direction.

Simon previously worked at Manchester’s N Brown Group for nine years in several senior finance roles, including finance director of its subsidiaries First Financial and Zendor.

The firm employs 3,000 people with a turnover of £900m.

He has also worked for global manufacturing firm Cargill, which included three years as finance director at its Copenhagen facility.

Simon’s role at WHN will see him oversee all daily operations of the firm, working alongside Michael Shroot to set growth and improvement strategies.

Michael Shroot said: “The legal sector has seen huge change in recent years with new regulations, new technology and a changing society. As a firm, we have embraced this change by investing, looking ahead and putting people at the heart of everything we do.

“We have performed extremely well, giving us a great base for the future.

“As we grow as a business we are striving to improve and look for new opportunities and the creation of the new leadership team will help deliver a masterplan for the firm. We can’t afford to stand still.

“Simon has a great track record of helping businesses achieve their goals and his experience and skill-set will be a huge asset as we develop a firm for the future.”

WHN Solicitors has a fee turnover of £5m and employs 100 staff from offices in Accrington, Bacup, Bury, Blackburn, Haslingden, Great Harwood and Rawtenstall.

The firm advises businesses, individuals and families across the North across the full range of legal

Simon added: “WHN is a great business with hugely talented teams across all offices and ambitious directors.

“The firm has a clear approach of putting people at the heart of what they do and this personal approach and commitment to client service is leading to growth opportunities.

“I am looking forward to helping take the firm into the future, finding new clients and delivering an exceptional service, while creating operational excellence.”