Appointments: New appointment at Gordon Brown sets the bar high

Damian Robson works alongside the firm's head of dispute resolution Jonathon Stokes, specialising in employment law and is training towards becoming a barrister

Damian Robson, Gordon Brown Law Firm
Damian Robson, Gordon Brown Law Firm

North East-based Gordon Brown Law Firm has expanded its team with the appointment of an experienced associate solicitor who has been named in the Legal 500 three times.

Damian Robson, 42, who studied law at Durham University, works alongside the firm’s head of dispute resolution Jonathon Stokes, specialising in employment law and is training towards becoming a barrister.

On graduating in law from Durham University in 1999, Damian began his career at Browell Smith & Co as a paralegal while studying his Legal Practice Course (LPC) part-time across two years at Northumbria University.

Damian, from Newcastle, went on to complete his training contract with Ward Hadaway and then took on a role at EEF in 2003, qualifying as a solicitor. Following this, he joined Dickinson Dees prior to its merger, where he was quickly promoted to associate solicitor.

Seeing an opportunity to retrain as a barrister, Damian joined Gordon Brown Law Firm this October from Ward Hadaway, where he had returned for four years.

He said: “It’s apparent that Gordon Brown is investing in further establishing itself in the business community and their transparent, people-focused approach is particularly refreshing.

“I admire the company’s eagerness to explore opportunities that could benefit clients and the fact that they are willing to engage an in-house advocate’s role is a really exciting prospect for me.”

Damian hopes to qualify as a barrister and will become a member of local chambers, alongside his role at Gordon Brown.

Damian added: “I have sat all four exams required at this stage and am currently waiting to be called to the bar at one of the quarterly callings. From there, on completing a three-month pupillage, I will officially be a barrister – hopefully by spring next year.

“It’s a lengthy process which has demanded substantial commitment financially and emotionally, but one that will certainly be worthwhile.”

Jonathon Stokes said: “I can see already that Damian is going to be a real asset to our specialist employment law team and his wealth of experience in the region’s legal scene will no doubt speak for itself over the coming months.”

Gordon Brown Law Firm has offices in Newcastle and Chester le Street. For more information, visit


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