Birkenhead-based law firm Your Legal Friend has further strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of a new director of operations.

Tony Pope joins the company having gained extensive commercial experience across various sectors, most recently spending eight years as chief financial officer at Antony Hodari Legal Services Group.

In his previous role, Pope led the £3m acquisition of the Paul Rooney Partnership. He also had significant operational and financial involvement in one of the largest ongoing UK civil litigation cases (the ‘Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation’), which involves around 40,000 claims against the British Government for alleged human rights abuses in the 1950s and 1960s.

Pope will sit on both the Strategic Team and the Senior Leadership Team at Your Legal Friend, and have responsibility for Operations, HR, Accounts, IT and Compliance, overseeing 97 members of staff.

Colin Gibson, chief executive officer at Your Legal Friend, said: ’Tony is a key hire for us as he has senior operational, commercial and financial experience gained across a number of sectors, including personal injury.

‘He’s consistently demonstrated his ability to develop optimal processes and the right working environment to support growth and client service levels.’

Tony Pope, director of operations, added: ’Your Legal Friend has a fantastic reputation and has made great strides in diversifying into specialist areas of litigation such as clinical negligence and group claims. My role will focus on ensuring every aspect of this well respected law firm works effectively for the benefit of clients and employees.

‘It’s a great opportunity to join a growing organisation and to work alongside a successful, highly professional team.’

Founded in 1983, Birkenhead-based Your Legal Friend offers a range of legal services and advice to the victims of personal injury and negligence. It employs 250 people and has supported around 200,000 clients over the last 30 years.