Rosenblatt Solicitors has appointed Nicola (Nicky) Foulston as chief executive, effective from 1 September.

Nicky, 49, was named Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the year in 1997 when she was chief executive of Brands Hatch Leisure plc – she remains the award’s youngest ever recipient. 

She became CEO of Brands Hatch in early 1990 when the business was valued at £6m and built it into the largest organiser and promoter of motor sport in Europe; in 1996, she floated the business on the London Stock Exchange; and in 1999, she sold the business for over $195m to Interpublic, the US marketing giant.

Nicky has since run a private family office with private equity investments in the US and Europe. In 2014, she was appointed as a board member of the government’s Industrial Development Advisory Board (IDAB), an advisory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to help government boost growth in business.

Ian Rosenblatt OBE, senior partner of Rosenblatt Solicitors, said: ‘Rosenblatt Solicitors has gone from strength to strength, entirely through organic growth, since 1986 when I founded the firm. Nicky is a formidable businesswoman and we have highly ambitious plans for the firm – I am confident that this will be a winning combination.’

Nicky Foulston, Rosenblatt Solicitors’ CEO-designate, added: ‘I am delighted to be making my return to City life as the CEO of Rosenblatt Solicitors. It is a remarkable firm that I have known and admired for over 25 years.’