Finance Director

Monday 09 Jan 2023

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Totum is delighted to be partnering with Ashfords LLP, one of the UK’s premier law firms, in its search for a new Finance Director. Reporting into the CEO and sitting on the Board, this is an important senior, strategic level hire for the firm. With 71 partners spread across five offices and annual revenue of c. £50m, Ashfords is a significant player in the southwest legal services market. The firm is now looking for a commercially savvy and highly experienced financial expert to help them to achieve its ambitious growth strategy.


In many ways the new Finance Director will operate as the CEO’s right-hand person, giving advice and guidance to enable the firm’s planned growth through a sustainable and financially sensible approach. They will challenge the strategy in a constructive way to make sure the plans are achievable and make recommendations of how new revenue streams could be created. As well as having ownership of the firm’s financial stewardship, the Finance Director will help to highlight areas of the business where positive changes could be made to enhance financial performance. They will then advise at a firmwide level as well as to individual partners how to implement those improvements. This is an exciting time to join the firm with an ambitious CEO personally driving much of the growth programme. She recognises the importance of consistent input from a financially literate senior member of her team and is looking for an individual who will be able to give her commercially sound advice and guidance on any business decisions which require it.


Applicants should be qualified accountants with previous experience of working at Board level within a professional services partnership environment, ideally in firms of at least Ashfords’ size. A track record of acting as a trusted internal advisor and leading sizeable finance teams are both prerequisites to the role with excellent communication skills required. For the right person this will be a career defining opportunity.


Martyn Draper at Totum is handling this role on an exclusive and retained basis on behalf of Ashfords. Any third party and direct applications will be managed by Totum on Ashford’s behalf.