Mike started working with Berryman as our part-time FD in January 2009 and soon afterwards joined our 3 man Management Board. It was like having a Peter Wheeler join the team. Working 1-2 days per week, his wide commercial knowledge and experience of working with other legal firms helped me and the other partners manage the firm strategically and operationally through the difficult economic conditions prevailing throughout 2009/10 and to plan ahead for the wider changes planned for the legal sector. Mike’s previous experience enabled me to delegate to him the management of our central service operation, which proved a great boon in the following months. Once we had identified merger or acquisition as the preferred route, Mike project managed the financial and commercial due diligence processes before working on the detailed implementation of the merger with Shakespeare Putsman.