Law firm with offices in Bury St Edmunds and Thetford names new chief executive

New chief exec of Ashton KCJ
New chief exec of Ashton KCJ
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Legal firm Ashton KCJ has named corporate solicitor Ed O’Rourke as its new chief executive, taking effect from January 1.

He succeeds Simon Smith who is leaving after a decade as Managing Partner and then as CEO, during which he strengthened the firm by bringing it through two mergers.

“We have had a very positive first year since our merger in October 2011, including recruiting excellent new legal talent, retaining this year’s home-grown trainees when they qualified, gaining accolades from Legal 500 and Chambers that I had envisaged taking until at least next year to obtain, and recently winning a national award for our new website,” said Mr Smith.

“Ed has all the hallmarks of an excellent CEO and I’m supremely confident in his ability to steer Ashton KCJ successfully through the next phase of its development.”

Mr O’Rourke said: “The legal profession is facing exciting but challenging times. Simon has brought Ashton KCJ to a point where we are ideally poised to capitalise on the opportunities available. I’m lucky to be stepping into the CEO role supported by an excellent team and I’m hugely looking forward to the opportunities ahead”.

Ashton KCJ has offices in Bury St Edmunds, Thetford, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Norwich and Cambridge.

The legal firm now employs around 300 people.