Derek Godfrey is a Partner and the firm’s Chief Operating Officer. As a member of the firm’s Strategy and Management Committees he is at the heart of setting the firm’s strategy as well as ensuring its delivery. He is also the firm’s Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration and is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s support services – in particular, to ensure that we have systems and processes that fully support our lawyers in providing high quality cost effective and compliant legal services to all of our clients.
Derek is a Chartered Accountant who has spent his entire career in professional services, including more than 15 years as a fee earner and several years as an independent consultant to law firms. He has held senior operational roles and/or consulted with a number of leading professional service firms including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Herbert Smith and Eversheds before joining Harbottle & Lewis in 2008.