Foot Anstey Hancock Caffin Annonce Mangement Changes


Press Release

A change in the management team at major Truro law firm Foot Anstey Hancock Caffin sees John Westwell taking over the role of Managing Partner from Jane Lister on 1st November 2008.

Jane Lister will become Senior Partner with special responsibility for client relations and new business, playing an active role in the future development of the partnership.

John Westwell, who comes from Cornwall going to school at St James Smiths School in Camelford and St Austell 6th Form College is currently Head of Business and Public Sector services. He will take up the position as Foot Anstey Hancock Caffin prepares its next five year business plan. This will seek to build on recent successes and expansion so as to achieve the firm’s ambition of becoming the premier law firm in the region.

Foot Anstey Hancock Caffin’s phenomenal growth, both organically and through their mergers with Serpell Eaton of Plymouth and Hancock Caffin of Truro means it will achieve its financial target of doubling turnover to £22M, set in 2005, 12 months ahead of schedule.

The firm has recruited over thirty new solicitors across its five South West offices in the last year, strengthened its corporate, litigation and public services teams and established a new tax team. Next year will see its Plymouth team move into new offices overlooking Sutton Harbour, while the following year is likely to see its Truro team relocate also to new offices.

Simon Gregory Chairman of Foot Anstey Hancock Caffin said “We are delighted that John Westwell is succeeding Jane to lead us to new heights in the delivery of legal services throughout the wider South West region. John is young, dynamic and innovative and is the right person to lead Foot Anstey in these changing times.

“In the last 11 years Jane has led the expansion of Foot Anstey Hancock Caffin both in the quality and range of services we offer businesses, the public sector and individuals and the number of lawyers and support staff.

“Jane has focused on developing leaders of the future so that we are in a strong position to plan our succession in a seamless way.”

John Westwell who has been a partner in the firm since 1996 and a member of the firm’s management board for 6 years said “The legal profession faces great changes so it’s an exciting time to be taking the firm forward. Over the last five years we have made huge strides in the region but our top priority has, and always will be, to focus on our clients and ensure that service comes first. I look forward to continuing to work with Jane.”

Jane added “This is an exciting time for Foot Anstey Hancock Caffin and I believe that John has the drive, skills and experience to lead the firm into the next decade, delivering quality legal services to businesses and individuals in the South West”.


Editors’ Notes

Expanding law firm Foot Anstey Hancock Caffin is committed to providing a ‘buy local’ option to individuals, businesses and organisations throughout the South West and to publicly funded legal services.

41 partners and 400 staff, based in Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton and Truro, deliver a high quality service to help clients achieve their objectives.

Foot Anstey Hancock Caffin is repeatedly ranked in national directories such as the Legal 500 and Chambers. Winning the Law Society’s National Award for Excellence in Practice Standards is recognition of their commitment to the best levels of client service.