CPA Global has appointed David Harrel as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Harrel, former Senior Partner at SJ Berwin, succeeds Geoffrey Grime, who will remain on the board as a non-executive director after a 3-year stint as the Chairman.
Legal Processing Outsourcing Company CPA Global has appointed David Harrel (pictured) as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Harrel, former Senior Partner at SJ Berwin, succeeds Geoffrey Grime, who will remain on the board as a non-executive director after a 3-year stint as the Chairman.
CPA Global's CEO Peter Sewell, said, "We are continuing to build on our market leadership in IP management and have already established ourselves as a leading player in the fast emerging Legal Services Outsourcing sector. This sector is dramatically reshaping the legal industry and represents a huge opportunity for us. David's vast experience with one of the foremost law firms in the UK will be invaluable as we work with an increasing number of corporate and law firm clients to help them meet their changing legal services requirements”.
Harrel was a founding partner of the firm and served as Senior Partner from 1992-2006. During his tenure, SJ Berwin grew from 30 partners to 150, and significantly expanded its international network, opening offices in Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Milan and Madrid.
Since retiring as a partner at SJ Berwin, Harrel has taken on a series of corporate and advisory roles, including Senior Independent Director at investment and wealth management firm Rathbone Brothers PLC; non-executive directorships at property investment company Wichford PLC and broking and investment service provider Kyte Group Ltd; and senior adviser to Proven, an international investigative company. He is also on the board of English National Opera and a trustee of a number of charitable trusts. Harrel was also a consultant to SJ Berwin after his retirement as Senior Partner.
Commenting on his appointment as Chairman, Harrel said, "This is a fascinating time for the legal industry and a time of great opportunity for CPA Global. Law firms and in-house legal departments are having to adopt new ways of working, which is leading to unprecedented change in the industry. CPA Global is well positioned to take advantage of that change. The company has a proud heritage of providing high quality IP and legal services support to many of the world's leading corporations and law firms. As Chairman, I look forward to helping CPA Global build on that heritage and achieve further success in the future".