Thackray Williams welcomes Simon Slater as new Non-Executive Chair

News  |   11 July 2023

Thackray Williams Solicitors are delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Slater as their Non-Executive Chair.

Sean Sanders, Managing Partner at Thackray Williams said “We are delighted to welcome Simon to the TW family. Simon’s expertise and experience, within the legal sector, speaks for itself, and is second to none. We look forward, with great anticipation, as we work with Simon and mould our plans for the future”.

In a 35-year career, Simon Slater has been involved in shaping some of the UK’s most successful professional service businesses.

As marketing lead he created the global brand for quoted real estate advisory firm DTZ plc. DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield Inc. later merged to become Cushman & Wakefield plc; he transformed the fortunes of Charles Russell, now Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, providing them with the platform for long-term growth which they sustain to this day.

He was a key member of the leadership team which planned and executed the unique 7-way merger to create Eversheds LLP in 2000. Eversheds became the UK’s first national law firm.

He co-founded the interim management practice of First Counsel Limited, now Totum Partners.

Simon advised on the planning and implementation of the merger to create Ashtons Legal Limited with a footprint across East Anglia.

He was Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP and worked with Guinness World Records to verify the firm’s unique status as the world’s longest established legal practice.

He also served as a Non-Executive Board Member of accountancy firm PKF Littlejohn LLP and as the Non-Executive Chair of Byfield Consultancy Limited, the pre-eminent legal PR firm providing reputation counsel to some of the world’s most successful practices.

Most recently, Simon served as a Non-Executive Board Member with Cripps LLP, having previously negotiated, and executed the merger between Pemberton Greenish LLP and Cripps LLP.

Of his arrival at Thackray Williams, Simon commented, Thackray Williams is an established and respected law firm. My early engagement with the partnership has proved to be extremely positive and I am looking forward to working with the partners, and the wider team, as this partnership unfolds”.