LAW firm Swinburne and Jackson has made a new senior appointment to its corporate team.
Les Brown, who has over 20 years’ experience of working in the North East legal sector, joins Swinburne and Jackson from SSJ Solicitors in Consett, where he was a partner.
Brown specialises in contract, corporate, land and employment law, and works particularly with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), social housing providers, social clubs and the licensed trade.
The solicitor – who began his career with Hay and Kilner in Newcastle, and then moved to Wallers Solicitors in the city before joining SSJ – will be based in Swinburne and Jackson’s Gateshead office.
Brown, who is also part-time chairman of the Residential Property Tribunal for the North of England and is an associate law lecturer for the Open University, said he prides himself on building strong and lasting relationships with clients.
He said: “I have worked with a number of clients for several years, and familiarity is very important to them. When working with, for example, social clubs, they really value the fact it is just ‘Les’ on the end of the phone who they’ve come to know over a long period of time.
“I work with clients across a range of issues – it could be that they are looking to sell an asset, are involved in a dispute, or need advice on employment or contractual issues, and I can provide them with all those services.
“Through the personal relationship I have built up over a long period of time, I have been able to bring a number of clients with me to Swinburne and Jackson.”
His assistant, Susan Welford, also joined the practice at the same time.
Swinburne and Jackson has offices in Gateshead, Hexham, Ryton, Chester-le-Street and Washington.