Ian Hazeldine

Finance Partner (Non-Lawyer)
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Ian Hazeldine is a Partner at Express Solicitors and heads up the Finance department at the firm. Ian’s role involves financial strategy, financial management and financial reporting. Ian steers the firms finances in the right direction as it grows whilst facing the many challenges in the personal injury sector.

When asked what he enjoys about working at Express, Ian answered: “Being at the heart of a dynamic company is exciting. Everything the business does is reflected in its financial information and from where I sit I can see the whole picture, the actions taken and the results of those initiatives.  Having so many opportunities to directly affect the performance of the firm and witnessing first-hand the success delivered is especially satisfying. In particular, the rapidly changing business environment in which law firms operate brings many challenges and opportunities to think creatively and roll out bold strategies.”

Ian has been fortunate to have had a varied and interesting career.  He worked for two major accountancy practices – which after various mergers over the years are known today as KPMG and PWC.  Ian then joined an acquisitive, multi-national group of manufacturing companies as Finance Director. Ian has also done spell in a venture capital backed recruitment business which led to the start of over fifteen years’ experience in the legal sector.

Ian explains: “I have encountered more unusual business situations than you would believe a Financial Director ever could and I have worked alongside many inspirational entrepreneurs. From this experience I have acquired the knowledge and the skills which enable me to significantly enhance the financial performance of any business and I enjoy  using these skills at Express.”

Ian qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then moved into management consultancy. Following a move into industry as a Financial Controller, Ian became Finance Director of the Group. Upon leaving this business, Ian remained as a non-executive Director.

Ian has played a key role in many corporate acquisitions, but this has not been confined to just the financial aspects. He has raised many millions of pounds over the years to fund the general expansion of business and specific projects, sometimes having to do so in years when the financial climate has been particularly hostile.

Ian has a BSc Honours degree in Mathematics and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Ian lives in Northwich, Cheshire and admits to being a classic car enthusiast and petrol head. He owns a classic TVR and Jaguar and but enjoys dabbling with modern machinery. Ian comments: “I don’t claim to be a great driver or mechanic but I do get great pleasure from my motoring!”

Ian loves modern music, of all genres and has a talented daughter who works in the music industry.

Ian’s favourite quote comes from the world-famous, Virgin entrepreneur, Richard Branson: “A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts”.