Specialist personal injury law firm Novum Law has strengthened its team with two new key appointments at its Swindon offices as demand for its expert legal services continues to grow.
David Lockyer, an experienced commercial lawyer who joins from Bristol law firm Osborne Clarke, has been appointed as Novum Law’s risk and compliance manager.
He will be responsible for advising Novum Law’s personal injury and medical negligence solicitors on compliance issues.
His role will be to ensure the firm adheres to all its professional and regulatory requirements. David will also help Novum Law manage professional risks and ensure risk management processes are closely aligned with the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Code of Conduct.
David, who is a University of Bristol graduate, qualified as a lawyer nine years ago and has extensive experience in legal compliance, quality and risk management. Last year, he sat the International Compliance Association’s ‘Advanced Certificate in Compliance’ and received a merit.
David said: “The rules and laws governing how law firms operate are changing all the time and it’s vital that Novum Law keeps step with all these developments – to safeguard clients as well as the business itself.
"I’m excited to be joining Novum Law at a time when the business and regulatory environment is shifting and the onus is on organisations to keep step with key developments.
"I am relishing the opportunities ahead and looking forward to getting stuck into my new role and contributing to the smooth running of the business.”
Another new arrival at Novum Law is personal injury solicitor Stuart Gist who joins from Clarke Wilmott Solicitors in Bristol.
Stuart has over 20 years’ experience in the personal injury field and is a long-term member and former director of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society.
He has a proven track record in securing substantial damages for clients who have sustained serious, life-changing injuries including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage and loss of limbs.
Many of the cases he has worked on have involved clients hurt in serious road traffic accidents, particularly motorcyclists and he has also extensive experience in fatal accident claims.
Thomas Sheppard, chief executive of Novum Law, said: “Demand for specialist personal injury legal advice is growing and our business is expanding as a result. We are always on the lookout for talented solicitors to join our dedicated team.
“As our business expands we need to ensure we continue to have sound systems and processes in place to ensure all our activities are carried out within a strict regulatory framework. While we already work to the very highest standards,
"David Lockyer, our new risk and compliance manager will play a pivotal role ensuring those exacting standards continue while identifying any new legislative developments or emerging new risks that will require our attention now and into the future.
“I am also delighted to welcome Stuart Gist who joins a fantastic team specialising in representing clients with severe, traumatic brain injuries.
"These cases tend to be extremely complex, involving high value damages claims and require solicitors with in-depth personal injury law knowledge who are dedicated, driven and 100 percent committed to our clients – most of whom have sustained serious life-changing injuries.”