QualitySolicitors Talbots, which has seven offices across the Black Country and Worcestershire, has appointed Emma Cromarty and Rachel Pardoe as HR manager and practice director respectively.

The experienced duo have been brought in to help manage a 20% growth in turnover, with more than £50m of corporate deals completed in 2014.

There have also been the first signs of the property market returning after the residential team recorded a 46% rise in transactions.

‘We’ve had a really encouraging last 12 months and now employ more than 180 staff across our network of offices in Codsall, Dudley, Halesowen, Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Stourport and Wolverhampton,’ said Martyn Morgan, director.

‘This growth needs to be managed effectively and to ensure we have the right infrastructure in place to deliver a personal service and quality legal advice we decided to bolster the team with a new HR manager and a practice director.’

Rachel joins QualitySolicitors Talbots after spending seven years as practice manager at Worcestershire law firm Thursfields.

Here she was responsible for proactive leadership of the practice, strategic business planning and, by working in partnership with the heads of the departments, increasing fee income and profitability.

‘This is a very exciting time for QualitySolicitors Talbots and my role will be to co-ordinate operations across our seven offices and 180 staff,’ said Rachel, who has also held senior positions in the medical and leisure sectors.

Emma brings a wealth of talent management, employee engagement and recruitment experience to the firm.

The former University of Wolverhampton graduate is looking to increase staff retention and establish the company as one of the most sought after legal firms to work for.

‘I’ve been involved in HR for more than 12 years, predominantly in manufacturing and engineering businesses so will hopefully bring a fresh pair of eyes and lots of new ideas to the legal sector.’