Legal PR firm reports on Boyd Legal appointing new finance director signalling growth

by Chris Fairbairn

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

A photo of Gerry Cockburn in a shuit standing outside the Boyd Legal officesA VASTLY experienced Finance Director has been appointed by an expanding full-service legal firm as it eyes further growth.

Widely regarded as a heavyweight name in the sector, Gerry Cockburn joins Boyd Legal – bringing with him more than 25 years experience heading up finance departments.

Previously Head of Finance at the Faculty of Advocates, as well as key roles at Gilson Gray and Capita-owned Optima Legal Services, Cockburn and is now taking up the position of Finance Director with the Edinburgh headquartered outfit.

Gerry said: “I’ve opted to make the permanent move to Boyd after experiencing the firm during recent consultancy work.

“I was struck immediately by the culture and feel that the timing for the switch is perfect, just as the firm is beginning to really establish itself within the Scottish legal and business landscape.

“There is an opportunity to build something special here – and I’m grateful to Peter Boyd and his team for bringing me into the such a key role.”

Having started his career with Caesar & Howie Solicitors & Estate Agents, Cockburn moved to Gold’s Solicitors before taking up the role as Head of Finance at the Faculty of Advocates – which he served for two years.

He then made the switch to Optima Legal Services, remaining as Financial Controller after its acquisition by Capita plc – where he established key contacts with the major Scottish banking groups.

Cockburn, a native of Torphichen in West Lothian, has now been tasked with heading up Boyd’s accounts team – and will be central to the firm’s business strategy going forward.

Peter Boyd, Managing Partner at Boyd Legal, said: “Gerry is a big hitter in the sector and we are thrilled to have him on the books here – where he will play a critical role within the business. It also gives us the financial disciplines to start bringing in Senior Associate Solicitors into equity release which is important for the future of the business.

“The clear focus on excellent service is beginning to really resonate with the business community who are seeking a more flexible, tailored and personal service than is often offered by the largest firms.”

The appointment follows last year’s merger with Kirkcaldy-based Gibson & Spears, Dow & Son, and highlights Boyd Legal’s focus to drive forward its growth plans.

Having recently undertaken a strategic review of its operations to support its drive for further growth, Boyd is committed to further establishing itself as a major player in the field.

With a flagship office in Edinburgh, Boyd Legal also has regional hubs across Scotland – in Kirkcaldy, Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen.

To learn more about Boyd Legal, visit: www.boydsolicitors.com

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Chris Fairbairn is a PR account manager with award-winning public relations agency Holyrood Partnership. He is part of an expert PR team delivering PR services to a wide range of clients from headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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