UK law firm Moore Barlow has appointed a new HR director, Katherine Allison, formerly the HR director for recruitment technology platform Oleeo.
In May, Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins completed a £40m merger, with the newly created Moore Barlow continuing to operate from its Southampton head office.
The firms’ combined turnover places Moore Barlow firmly in the UK top 100, with 70 partners, 272 lawyers and more than 200 other staff based across offices in Southampton, Guildford, Woking and Lymington, as well as two London sites, in the City and Richmond.
According to Chambers the firm is at the “top end” of the injury and harm sector, helping those who have suffered major trauma get the support and help they need, but operates across a wide range of sectors including employment, immigration, regulatory and public law, and business dispute resolution.
Allison has an academic background in organisational psychology at Birkbeck College, UCL, and the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, and more than two decades of HR leadership and change management experience across global organisations spanning professional services, technology, communications and public sectors.
At Oleeo she was responsible for setting up the entire HR function globally. This entailed establishing the vision and delivering against the people strategy, supporting a global re-brand to set out Oleeo’s employee value proposition and developing a collaboration-based, high-performance culture.
Her previous roles include a stint as HR business partner and senior change manager at international law firm CMS Cameron McKenna, where she led strategic projects as part of the firm’s business transformation programme. Before that she held senior HR roles at PR agencies Weber Shandwick and NextFifteen Communications Group.
Moore Barlow also appointed Tom Newman-Young as its new marketing director. An advertising industry expert, Newman-Young joined Moore Barlow from AMV BBO where he was senior board account director.
Ed Whittington, managing partner of Moore Barlow, said: “Katherine and Tom are a welcome addition to our senior leadership team, and join us at an opportune and pivotal time, as we continue our journey post-merger. They each bring a wealth and depth of experience that will help drive and steer our ambitious people-led strategy and growth plans over the next few months and years ahead. The importance of both people and brand for Moore Barlow cannot be underestimated, particularly in such a highly competitive marketplace.
“Katherine and Tom represent exactly the sort of world-class talent that we seek to attract. Working alongside our existing and dedicated team, we look forward to their contributions and leadership as we continue on our exciting journey.”