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Ashtons Legal appoints James Tarling as new CEO

Ashtons Legal has announced the appointment of its new CEO, James Tarling, who will begin work on April 1.

He takes over from Ed O’Rourke who is remaining with the firm, initially in a new role to further develop the business client group within Ashtons.

James Tarling, left, takes over as CEO of Ashtons Legal from Ed O'Rourke, right
James Tarling, left, takes over as CEO of Ashtons Legal from Ed O'Rourke, right

James joined Ashtons in 2015 as a corporate and commercial partner and recently took responsibility for the development of the firm’s future strategy.

He said: “I am proud to be taking on the role of CEO of Ashtons Legal at an exciting time for our business. The firm has seen significant growth recently including through strategic acquisitions of a franchise consultancy, an HR consultancy, a specialist French legal firm, an insolvency team and most recently the full-service business of Steeles Law at the end of 2021.

“A key part of this growth has been the result of the work that Ed has done to establish an open and progressive culture within Ashtons Legal.

“We have ambitious plans for further growth of the Ashtons business over the next three years. We are looking to recruit further talented and ambitious individuals and teams who share our vision to be an exceptional professional service provider putting our clients at the centre of everything we do.”

He added: “I am lucky to be taking on the role in a flexible, inclusive and progressive business with the support of a fantastic team of individuals who are all focussed on working together to deliver excellent outcomes for our clients.”

Ed, who has been CEO since the start of 2013, said: “I have enjoyed my time at the helm but it is time for new blood and fresh ideas and James is the best possible person to drive Ashtons forward”.

Ashtons employs 400 people across its Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Diss, Ipswich, Leeds and Norwich offices.

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