Former president of the Law Society Christina Blacklaws has been appointed as legal services ambassador at Big Four accountancy KPMG as it steps up its legal services offering.
Blacklaws, Law Society president from July 2018 to July 2019, will take up a part-time ‘strategic advisory role’ at the firm, helping to develop its legal practice.
Joining a team of 120, she will work on client solutions, talent engagement initiatives and legal innovation strategies, KPMG said. She will also focus on supporting women in law and leadership.
Nick Roome, UK head of legal services, said: ‘Our team is a fast-growing specialism within KPMG, with clients more frequently requiring integrated advisory solutions. We currently have a broad range of expertise across the legal spectrum but having Christina on board will give us another dimension. Her knowledge, expertise and ear-to-the-ground approach when it comes to the issues impacting our sector will help give us an additional edge in the market.’
Blacklaws added: ‘We’re operating in an increasingly challenging business environment, but, equally, it is an exciting time of growing enlightenment: we all know our sector needs to evolve to best support our clients and our colleagues alike.’
Empowering women in the legal profession was one of Blacklaws’ chief priorities as Law Society president. She also focused on social mobility and innovative and sustainable legal practice. The family specialist previously practised at TV Edwards and Co-Operative Legal Services.