DWF, Manchester law giant, hires Bloomer as chairman

Jonathan Bloomer

Manchester-headquartered international law firm DWF Group plc said on Friday that Jonathan Bloomer will join its board as chairman on August 1, 2020.

“When Sir Nigel Knowles became CEO and the board commenced the process to find a new chairman, Chris Sullivan stepped up as interim chairman,” said DWF Group.

“Chris will now take the role of deputy chairman, also from 1 August 2020.

“Chris will continue to act as senior independent director.”

Bloomer is chairman of Morgan Stanley International, Arrow Global Group Plc and SDL Group Limited.

He has previously held a number of board positions including chairman of the JLT Employee Benefits Group, senior independent director of Hargreaves Lansdowne Plc, non-executive director of Railtrack Plc and director of Egg Plc.

From 2006-2012, Bloomer was European Partner at Cerberus Capital.

Between 2000 and 2005, he was group CEO of Prudential Group plc.

Bloomer said: “I am pleased to take on the role of chairman of DWF, the only main market listed global legal business, at this exciting stage of the company’s development.

“I look forward to working with the board and the refreshed management team implementing the very clear strategy set out by Sir Nigel aimed at taking DWF forward to a new phase of sustainable and profitable growth.”