Ben McLaren

Chief Operating Officer | Russell McVeagh

As Chief Operating Officer, Ben is primarily responsible for the strategic, financial and operational management at Russell McVeagh and leads the strategy, finance, operations, risk and compliance and knowledge management teams.

Ben is a Chartered Accountant with previous experience in the legal profession, having worked for Mills Oakley in Australia for over five years. As CFO, Ben was part of the management team that saw the firm accelerate its performance and reputation from a mid-tier firm to a top 10 Australian law firm.

With familiarity of tools and systems specific to the legal sector, including how to harness AI, Ben also has expertise in pricing strategy and establishing robust financial control and compliance practices. As part of law firm management teams Ben has held responsibility for key external relationships, including banking, audit, insurance and regulatory bodies.

Experienced at ideating and managing profit distribution models and fee structures, in previous roles Ben has focused on delivering operational efficiencies through process improvement, technology, and project management practices to drive growth and improve client experience.

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