ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, February 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CPA Global, the world's leading provider of legal services outsourcing (LSO) and intellectual property (IP) management services, today announced the appointment of David Harrel as Chairman. Harrel, former Senior Partner at major UK City law firm SJ Berwin, succeeds Geoffrey Grime who will remain on the board as a non-executive director.
Peter Sewell, CPA Global's Chief Executive Officer, said:
"I am delighted to welcome David Harrel as CPA Global's new Chairman at this exciting time in the company's development. We are continuing to build on our market leadership in IP management and have already established ourselves as a leading player in the fast emerging Legal Services Outsourcing sector. This sector is dramatically reshaping the legal industry and represents a huge opportunity for us. David's vast experience with one of the foremost law firms in the UK will be invaluable as we work with an increasing number of corporate and law firm clients to help them meet their changing legal services requirements.
"On behalf of the Board I would like to take this opportunity to thank Geoffrey Grime for the contribution he has made to CPA Global. During Geoffrey's time as Chairman, we have seen strong growth in the company, achieved significant success in our diversification strategy, and attracted major new investment, which has helped position us for further growth."
Commenting on his appointment as Chairman, Harrel said:
"This is a fascinating time for the legal industry and a time of great opportunity for CPA Global. Law firms and in-house legal departments are having to adopt new ways of working, which is leading to unprecedented change in the industry. CPA Global is well positioned to take advantage of that change. The company has a proud heritage of providing high quality IP and legal services support to many of the world's leading corporations and law firms. As Chairman, I look forward to helping CPA Global build on that heritage and achieve further success in the future."
SJ Berwin has consistently been one of the fastest-growing City law firms and is now one of the biggest. Harrel was a founding partner of the firm and served as Senior Partner from 1992-2006. In that time, SJ Berwin grew from 30 partners to 150, and significantly expanded its international network, opening offices in Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Milan and Madrid.
Since retiring as a partner at SJ Berwin, Harrel has taken on a series of corporate and advisory roles, including Senior Independent Director at investment and wealth management firm Rathbone Brothers PLC; non-executive directorships at property investment company Wichford PLC and broking and investment service provider Kyte Group Ltd; and senior adviser to Proven, an international investigative company. He is also on the board of English National Opera and a trustee of a number of charitable trusts.
About CPA Global
CPA Global is the world's top intellectual property (IP) management specialist and a leading provider of legal services outsourcing (LSO). With offices across Europe, the United States, Asia and the Pacific, CPA Global supports many of the world's best known corporations and law firms with a diverse set of legal and IP specific requirements.
CPA Global helps its clients manage their valuable IP Rights, such as patents, designs and trademarks, ensuring that IP portfolios are protected, maintained and regularly reviewed in order to maximize value. The company is also a leading player in the fast growing LSO sector, providing a range of outsourced legal services through delivery centres in the US and India. Services include document review, transaction support, contract solutions, and legal research.
Founded in Jersey, Channel Islands in 1969, CPA Global today employs more than 1,500 people in 12 offices in eight countries, serving clients' needs in over 100 countries. The company has a large and diverse list of clients: from major global corporations to small and medium-sized enterprises and innovation start-ups; and from the top international law firms to national and regional law and IP firms. Clients include leading Fortune 500 and FTSE companies, and two-thirds of the Global Lawyer 100.
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