COMMERCIAL law firm Short Richardson & Forth is set to roll-out its expertise across the UK after signing one of the region’s employment law experts.
The Newcastle-based firm has appointed Dr John McMullen as partner in its successful employment team joining partners Max Winthrop and Jean-Pierre Van Zyl.
Dr McMullen was previously a Partner at Watson Burton and has 25 years’ experience in employment law.
He said: "We already have clients all over the country and we now want to further raise our profile. We will be competing for business in the south east using our keener overheads.
"Our goal is to become the best employment firm outside London." Short Richardson & Forth was founded 30 years ago and provides services in employment law, commercial property, corporate and commercial work, litigation and insolvency.
Three of its seven partners are in the employment field and its nationwide reach in this field sees it act for many household names in the public and private sector.
Senior partner David Richardson said: "We are very pleased to have appointed someone with John’s profile and ability. Despite the current economic turmoil we are committed to growth and see our employment law offering as being central to that growth."
Dr McMullen added: "Short Richardson & Forth has an outstanding reputation in employment law and a clear vision and strategy for growth and further success. The firm has seen a steep rise in work arising from the recession. This includes reorganisations and redundancy, however, consolidations, takeovers and insolvency disposals are also on the rise.
"The transfer of undertakings regulations (TUPE) which protect workers’ rights in these situations are of utmost importance once again and need to be at the forefront of employers’ minds."