UK law firm Shoosmiths has announced that partner David Jackson is to become its CEO from 1 May 2022.

Current CEO Simon Boss did not stand for re-election.

Mr Jackson leads Shoosmiths’ national Commercial Group and has been at the forefront of the development and launch of major LegalTech solutions and other offerings including the complementary non-legal service arm, Shoosmiths8 Connected Services. He has been a Shoosmiths partner for 15 years, having joined the firm in 2006 from Compass Group plc, where he was legal counsel.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I am honoured and excited to be taking on the role of CEO of Shoosmiths. And it is no small challenge to follow in Simon’s footsteps, given the exceptional job he has done over the last three years in steering us through the pandemic and delivering impressive growth across all our business areas. Those turbulent times have brought out the very best in our management team, our partners and our people, and I feel truly privileged to have the opportunity to work alongside Peter [Duff, chairperson] in leading them through the next chapter in Shoosmiths’ story.”

Mr Boss added: “I have absolute confidence that David, with his spirit, energy and expertise, will excel in the role of CEO from May next year and build upon the successes we continue to enjoy. Although I have decided to step back from the CEO role, I intend to continue my focus on social mobility and other aspects of the ESG agenda.”