rradar, the leading UK litigation and commercial law firm which specialises in digital and insurance innovation, has appointed ex-HSBC executive Richard Crabb as Chief Operating Officer.

This is the latest in a raft of high-profile hires by the award-winning Hull-based firm.

Richard will be in charge of the strategic and operational delivery of the legal teams, together with corporate governance and change management functions for rradar, with a focus on delivering an integrated service model.

Reporting directly to CEO Gary Gallen, Richard will be a key member of rradar’s Senior Leadership Team.

Gary commented: “I am delighted to welcome Richard to rradar in another key appointment for the business. Coming from the multinational banking and financial services organisation, HSBC, Richard brings significant legal and commercial leadership experience and expertise to rradar.

“He has a clear understanding of how to drive efficiencies across an integrated service delivery model, having led the implementation of technology, best-practice legal, compliance and risk management processes.
“Once again, rradar’s pioneering and proven history of growth has attracted a top global talent, which will ultimately enable us to maximise our performance, deliver growth and ensure that we achieve our short and long-term objectives.”

During his 10-year tenure at HSBC Bank, Richard held several senior executive posts, including Global head of commercial, Tech and Innovation. In this role, he was responsible for the development and implementation of HSBC Bank’s commercial and innovation strategies for its Global Legal Function – working with 1,200 lawyers and business professionals in over 34 countries.

Richard is known for his transformative approach to cost management and resource allocation, driving efficiency and a high-performing culture. His experience includes directing complex technology implementations, driving legal best practice, and the management of compliance and risk.

Before joining HSBC, he was partner, corporate and commercial at McCormick’s Solicitors in Harrogate, where he was ranked by Legal 500 as a leading legal advisor in both Charities and Sports Law.

Richard commented: “I’m delighted to have joined rradar at such a pivotal juncture. We have an incredible journey ahead of us, expanding and growing our legal services business with a key focus on driving our private legal services capabilities and offering, including our training and consultancy services.

“My priority is optimising efficiency and service quality through collaborative leadership and by implementing first-class processes.
“Driving performance across our insurance legal services business for our clients and partners remains at our core, and you can expect continuous innovation and new developments.”

Richard is the latest in a string of high-profile leadership appointments at rradar, alongside chief technology officer Andy Clarke and commercial director Richard Sheridan, as well as non-executive directors, Kieran Rigby, and Jeremy Cohen, who were recently elected to rradar’s expanding board.

These appointments continue to strengthen an already enviable senior leadership team at rradar, which includes high-profile alumni from some of the largest and most respected names in the legal and financial services arena, including global commercial real estate services firm, Cushman & Wakefield, and the world’s largest law firm, Dentons.

These announcements form part of rradar’s current growth and expansion plans and its commitment to deepen its capabilities, strengthen its customer services and solutions as part of its five-year strategic plan to enhance the businesses it proudly supports.