June 4, 2019 @ 12:01 by Richard Dawson
Gordon Brown Law Firm LLP (GBLF) is shining a spotlight on opportunities for all its staff, after promoting two of its employees into associate roles within the business’s senior leadership team.
GBLF has recognised future talent in the shape of solicitor Laura Brydon and head of employment and HR, Deb Tweedy, both of whom have been promoted to associate level and will play key roles in the future growth of the company.
The law firm’s senior leadership is currently headed up by managing partner Kathryn Taylor, who marks six years in the role this June.
The recent promotions will take the leadership team up to 10, which includes managing director, Kathryn Taylor, partners Simon Dakers, Rebecca Harbron Gray, John Morgan, Anna McGill and Guy Barr alongside associates Geoff Hall, Louise Ottaway, Laura Brydon and Deb Tweedy.
Laura Brydon, who is part of the firm’s wills, trusts and probate team, started her career in law after graduating in 2007 and has been with the business since 2015.
With a caseload incorporating a broad range of private client matters including the administration of estates, will writing, trusts, mental capacity issues and conveyancing matters associated with those, Laura is also an associate member of the society of trust and estate practitioners and is working towards attaining full trust and estate practitioner status.
Speaking about her promotion, Laura said: “It’s been my aspiration to progress in a firm in the North East and I’m delighted to continue my journey here at GBLF as it is where I see my long-term career.
“I’m really looking forward to getting settled into this new role and taking on the new responsibilities that being an associate brings, as well as supporting our head of department, Rebecca Harbron Gray.”
Deb Tweedy, who joined GBLF in 2012, was inspired to pursue her career in law since joining the team and completed her master’s degree last summer.
Originally joining the firm to head up GBLF’s sister company Hadrian HR, which celebrated its biggest turnover last year, Deb has played a critical role in managing HR within GBLF and working with staff to identify support and training requirements.
At present, Deb Tweedy supports the North East’s SMEs with their HR responsibilities and works alongside GBLF’s managing partner Kathryn Taylor on the strategic development of the firm.
Deb’s promotion will see her take on new responsibilities as she continues to head up the HR and employment team at GBLF and grow the employment work introduced into the firm.
Deb said: “Since joining GBLF, I’ve been supported every step of the way and gaining my master’s degree was a huge milestone in my career to date.
“This new position will give me the opportunity to continue supporting the team in a management position and ensuring our clients receive the best possible service from the HR and employment team.”
Passionate about championing leadership within the team, managing partner Kathryn Taylor added: “It’s important for us to recognise our employees’ hard work and we are delighted to have appointed Deb and Laura to associate.
“We are always keen to develop the practice of people within the team and I’m looking forward to working more closely with both Deb and Laura in our future plans.”