Just six months into her new promotion, Andrea Hanna has been appointed as technical manager at Gordon Brown Law Firm, which has offices in Newcastle and Chester-le-Street.
Andrea, who has almost 12 years’ experience in conveyancing, first joined the leading North East law firm in 2008 after training in criminal defence, property and probate.
Since then, Gordon Brown Law Firm has invested heavily in the personal development and long-term performance of its employees which has seen Andrea rise up the ranks three times.
Her previous role as associate solicitor saw her manage a team of five solicitors and legal executives, maintaining relationships with referrers and assisting with the development of the residential conveyancing department.
Under the title technical manager, Andrea will work closely with managing partner Kathryn Taylor and head of residential conveyancing Geoff Hall, getting involved in the operational side of the residential conveyancing department.
Andrea said: “My new role is very different to what I have been doing. While I will continue to work with clients, I will be overseeing staff development with technical checks and improving standards of training across the whole department to ensure the highest-quality service is provided to our clients.
“I will be responsible for implementing new procedures to keep everyone at the top of their game and drive the department forward in 2015 and beyond – a challenge which I am certainly ready to embrace.
“Gordon Brown has significantly invested in my career from day one, so it’ll be rewarding to re-invest that experience into the department with this truly performance-focused approach.”
Wendy Frame has been appointed to replace Andrea as team leader, joining from Whickham-based Bindman & Co Solicitors where she was a residential conveyancer. Studying law at Northumbria University, Wendy has also worked at Gateshead’s Butterworths Solicitors.
Wendy, 42, from Tanfield Lea, said: “The opportunity to progress my career as part of Gordon Brown particularly appealed to me as the firm has such a good reputation in the region – I’ve come across them several times in my previous roles.
“I’ve been able to take on a lot more responsibility since coming on board. My role involves having my own residential conveyancing caseload as well as acting as team leader within the department where I oversee and support a team of four fee-earners.”