Leading Cheshire law firm SAS Daniels LLP has today announced Jeremy Orrell as its new Managing Partner. This appointment has been made to support the firm’s plans for growth across its four offices in Stockport, Macclesfield, Chester and Congleton.
Orrell joined SAS Daniels in 2009 to head up its new corporate team, which has since quadrupled its turnover. He became the firm’s Finance Partner in 2013 and has overseen a 50% growth in the firm’s annual turnover to £9m. Orrell is also recognised in Legal 500 as one of the region’s ‘Leading Individuals’ in his field.
The firm has also appointed Partner and Head of Music & Media Andy Booth as Deputy Managing Partner. Jonathan Whittaker remains as the firm’s Senior Partner.
Commenting on his new appointment, Orrell said: “It is a great honour to be appointed as the firm’s Managing Partner during such an exciting time for us.
“We continue to attract outstanding legal talent to the firm and as a result have an incredibly strong and growing client base, who value our results driven approach to service delivery. We have enjoyed significant development and growth over the past five years and we intend to continue to build on this success in a controlled and strategic manner. We are committed to continuing our investment in developing the firm, our people and our clients.
“What is particularly important to me is the firm’s culture as I believe it differentiates us from our competitors. Our ethos is one of transparency, courtesy, integrity and fairness which are not always a given in an increasingly competitive commercial environment.”
Continuing work as a corporate lawyer, Orrell adds: “I think it is a mistake for a Managing Partner to cease fee earning as there is a real risk of becoming out of touch with the core business and clients. I believe to be successful you need to have ‘hands on’ involvement with legal work and to stay in touch by first-hand experience of the clients’ expectations. Management decisions need to be aligned with commercial reality and cannot be based on second-hand knowledge.”
Whittaker comments, “As our business has grown, so too has the need to adapt our management structure. The appointment of Jeremy to Managing Partner puts us in a superb position to continue to develop and meet the future needs of our clients. Jeremy will be pivotal in ensuring SAS Daniels continues to develop as a law firm and builds on our ongoing plans for growth. Having worked with Jeremy for many years, I have every confidence the firm will continue to flourish under his leadership and I will do all I can to support him. I wish him every success in his new role.”
Over the past three years SAS Daniels has extended its legal services into different niche areas and now has specialist lawyers servicing the construction, music, agricultural, insolvency and food sectors. It has invested in new offices in both Macclesfield and Congleton and is planning to move to larger offices in Chester to accommodate the growth the firm has enjoyed in the city. The firm has also recently celebrated its renewal of Lexcel accreditation and Investors in People Gold Standard.