A new trend may be emerging in the legal market: law firms are hiring their C-Suites from outside the sector. The evidence is there - the most recent example of this is leading international law firm Ashurst, which has hired its new chief financial and operations officer from broadcasting company UKTV.
Although unusual, this isn't the first appointment of a non-lawyer as a member of the executive board of a law firm. It will be interesting to see what implications this employment trend has for the legal profession.
Ashurst's managing partner Paul Jenkins said Gooze-Zijl had "an exceptional track record of achievement" and stressed his change management credentials. He added: "His leadership skills and experience of driving top and bottom line growth will play a critical role in delivering high performance and operational excellence in the firm."