Business expert appointed to drive growth at local law firm

A well-known business advisor has been appointed to assist an ambitious Tees Valley law firm with its growth strategy.

Gary Lumby has joined the Ingleby Barwick-based Punch Robson and will be working alongside its partners to help achieve the company’s development plans.

The traditional mixed-practice high street law firm, which also has offices in Middlesbrough and Coulby Newham, will benefit from Lumby’s extensive knowledge gained from his many years’ experience from working with numerous leading Tees businesses including Biochemica, Cornerstone Business Solutions, Techconsult, FRP Advisory, Psyche and Erimus Insurance.

Lumby was regional head of SME Banking for the North East and Cumbria for Barclays Bank before becoming both the UK head of business banking and UK head of retail banking for Yorkshire Bank during which time he became a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Scotland).

Lumby, who is recognised for his knowledge across many industry sectors, aims to use his expertise in sales, marketing and business development to assist the driven firm in increasing its turnover and expanding its team.

He will also support the firm by working with Punch Robson’s four partners and heads of departments, setting key performance indicators and mentoring leading members of the team.

“I’m very excited to start working with a well-known and respected law firm like Punch Robson, which has been trading for over 140 years and is a firm that local people know they can rely on,” said Lumby, pictured above with Punch Robson managing partner Elaine McLaine-Wood

“I’m keen to focus on the Tees Valley and I’m already working with a number of clients in the area.

“The business has a great foundation and there’s lots of scope for growth. We’re going to be working on a three-year strategy and I can’t wait to see where we will take Punch Robson.”

McLaine-Wood, who is head of Punch Robson’s corporate and commercial Property, added: “I’ve known Gary for many years and I admired his work with other law firms outside of the Tees Valley.

“The next stage of transition for our firm will see us focus on growth and strategy and I knew Gary would be the perfect person to help us achieve our goals, as he focuses on the business as a whole.

“We are looking forward to developing a long-term relationship with Gary and I know he is the only person who could take us where we want to be.”


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