Ogier has announced the appointment of two directors to lead its market-leading business services teams in Marketing and IT.

To support the firm’s ambitious growth  in its legal teams, it has invested heavily in the business services functions to ensure that partners and fee-earners are supported by market-leading specialists in Marketing/Communications and IT, as well as Human Resources, Finance, Business Development and Service Innovation.

Kate Kirk, who joined Ogier to lead its award-winning rebrand in 2015, has been promoted to global Director of Marketing and Communications. A communications specialist whose career began in journalism, Kate has 20 years’ marketing experience spanning public, private and third sectors and was named Business Services Woman of the Year at Citywealth’s Powerwomen Awards 2017.

Kate said: “Marketing in professional services has become increasingly sophisticated, as brands become more distinct and digital channels continue to emerge and evolve. Ogier continues to take marketing and communications very seriously and this new role is a reflection of that.”

Andrew Gillyett has joined Ogier as Group IT Director. With a background in the public and finance sectors, Andrew has a particular focus on IT operations, security, service excellence and project delivery. Andrew has been building and leading successful IT teams for more than 15 years, primarily within the criminal justice sector. He has developed and implemented highly effective IT strategies, enabling organisations to grow and increase efficiency through the innovative use of technology.

Andrew said: “I’m delighted to join Ogier as Group IT Director. The firm has invested heavily in market-leading IT equipment, functionality and security, centred around driving a better client experience through efficiency, transparency and consistency across teams and jurisdictions. As a firm, Ogier is committed to ensuring that the firm’s growing international client base continue to enjoy a great digital experience, through innovative technology solutions.”

Jamie Bore, Group Partner and Ogier’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Investing in talent – both in recruitment and the retention and development of our existing teams – is the foundation of our continued growth and success, and these new roles for Kate and Andrew demonstrate our commitment to that, and to investing in our business services teams.

“They’re also further evidence of how we are executing our strategy of setting ourselves apart from the traditional law firms not just by our jurisdictional footprint, brand and culture, but also through our focus on innovation and process. That focus has underpinned a period of sustained growth and talent attraction and development, in terms of partners, lawyers, and business services professionals.”