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University of Law appoints third chief executive in a year

The University of Law (ULaw) has appointed its third chief executive in less than a year, recruiting economist and lecturer Stelios Platis into the role.

Platis (pictured) takes over the position from David Johnston, who departs on 1 June. The university’s former chief operating officer took up the role of chief executive in August last year after John Latham stepped down. Latham had guided the university through its sale by Montagu Private Equity to education institutions network Global University Systems.

Gaining his PhD at the Faculty of Economics and Politics of the University of Cambridge, Platis founded and directed the regulatory consulting and executive education firm MAP S.Platis.

ULaw chairman David Blunkett said he was pleased Platis agreed to lead the management team at the university.

He added: ‘His experience will provide critical impetus to the continued growth of the business and I very much look forward to working alongside him.’

Latham’s resignation was considered a blow for the university, which had high hopes the former vice president for international business development at Laureate International Universities, a private universities network, would bolster the university’s international reach. ULaw, previously a charity before its sale to MPE, lost key clients since the sell-off with Magic Circle firms such as Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy choosing rival BPP as its training provider.

Linklaters is still working with ULaw, offering a bespoke accelerated 6.5 month Legal Practice Course after it signed a five year contract at the beginning of 2015.

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