ULaw gets first ‘managing director’

The University of Law has announced that its latest leader will be management consultant Dr Stelios Platis.

He will take up the role of ‘chief executive and managing director’ as of 1 May, replacing David Johnston as CEO. Johnston had in turn replaced John Latham, who departed suddenly in August 2015. Latham had led the University since the departure of longstanding chief Nigel Savage in early 2014.

The institution’s top academic remains Andrea Nollent, who joined to take on the role of Provost from Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent later that year.

The University has undergone a turbulent couple of years, being bought by Global University Systems in June 2015, just three years after Montagu Private Equity purchased the former charity for around £200m.

The following month, it launched a business school, only to put it on hold later in the year due to lack of student take-up.

A series of firms, including Clifford Chance and DWF, switched their allegiance from ULaw to BPP as their preferred provider of the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

However, ULaw has also picked up a number of new clients in the last year, including Fieldfisher, Shearman & Sterling and Trowers & Hamlins.

Platis is an economist with a PhD from Cambridge, who has worked as a consultant at KPMG and as head of strategic planning at the Cyprus Popular Bank Group. He said: “This is a fascinating position and I am very excited to undertake it. I am looking forward to working closely with the management team and to contributing to the critical role the University plays in the UK landscape and beyond.”