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North East law firm announces litigation leading light as new partner

Gordon Brown Law Firm LLP (GBLF) has promoted property litigation specialist James Godden to the role of Partner.

The promotion will see James, who has risen through the ranks at GBLF, combine his management of the firm’s property litigation department, with ambitious plans to expand the current property litigation offering, whilst at the same time assisting with the wider development of the firm’s client base across all areas of the business.

The new role will see James 33, from Whitley Bay, step up from position of fee-earner to a proactive management role, working alongside managing partner Kathryn Taylor and the other Partners at GBLF.

Having joined the business in 2009 as a paralegal before completing his training contract with GBLF, James now specialises in property litigation disputes and has built up a wealth of knowledge and experience throughout his time at the firm as well as being a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).

James, who is currently lobbying for leasehold reform, said: “I’ve enjoyed climbing the career ladder throughout my time so far at GBLF, it’s a great feeling to have my long-standing commitment to the business recognised with this promotion.

“As a business, GBLF really looks after its people. We are given some fantastic opportunities and are able to choose our own niche whilst growing with the business. Over the years I have been given the chance to progress from a paralegal to associate and now partner – something I’ve always set my sights on.”

Kathryn Taylor, managing partner of GBLF, added: “It’s great to be able to recognise James’ hard work with his promotion to partner. We’re always keen to see our colleagues who have shown that they are ready to progress, develop alongside the firm and James has certainly shown this and his commitment to the business throughout his time with us.

“I am looking forward to seeing James develop even further as he steps up to the challenge of partner and leading his great team to deliver the best possible service to our clients.”

With offices located in Newcastle and Chester-le-Street, GBLF offers a range of legal services and advice across all areas of family, residential conveyancing, wills and probate, dispute resolution, corporate and commercial law. For more information on GBLF visit or get in touch on 0191 388 1778.