Insurance risk and commercial law firm BLM has appointed former president of the Law Society of Northern Ireland John Guerin as head of both the Belfast and Derry offices.
Guerin commented: 'Our clients’ needs are complex and have been compounded by the evolving environment in which we are all operating. I am honoured to be leading such a dedicated team that have our clients’ full confidence.'
Legal expert Cormac Fitzpatrick has also been promoted to the firm's strategy setting executive board. Fitzpatrick has overall leadership of the firm’s Irish offices working closely with the operations board, managing partner Vivienne Williams and senior partner Matthew Harrington.
The new leadership team follows the April appointments of partners Sinead Connolly and Olivia Treston as joint heads of office for Dublin.
Fitzpatrick commented: 'As BLM and the wider law and business sectors adapt to the current challenges of the pandemic, our innovations and new leadership team position us strongly to deliver great outcomes for clients in the coming months and years.
'Undoubtedly there have been operational challenges, however, our talented workforce has embraced our digital transformation strategy and we are confident that we will maintain momentum and our exceptional service provision across the island of Ireland in the period ahead.
BLM has seen significant business growth in its Northern Ireland office since a merger with Campbell Fitzpatrick Solicitors in 2014.