North West independent legal practice Brabners has continued its growth with new appointments in its Preston office. 

Sarah Murphy joins the firm as a partner within its private client team. Sarah is a Legal 500 recommended lawyer and a member of the Law Society’s Private Client Section Committee, which acts as a national advisory board for legal issues including wills, powers of attorney and estate administration. Sarah is also one of a small number of Fully Accredited Members of Solicitors for the Elderly in the North West. This qualification recognises her experience and training in helping people to deal with complex, life changing issues.

Associate Hannah Bates and solicitor Mairead Platt also join the firm. Hannah is a private client lawyer and previously worked for Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand LLP. Mairead joins Brabners’ corporate team from KBL Solicitors and will work alongside head of corporate, Nikki Whittle.

Other recent senior appointments for Brabners in the North West include Christine Hart as head of employment (Preston), Paul Firth as head of real estate and Robert Nieri as partner within the firm’s charity practice.

Sarah Murphy said: ’It’s an exciting time to be joining Brabners with the firm clearly going from strength to strength. As one of the most vulnerable sections of society, elderly people rely on receiving legal advice that is straightforward and tailored to their needs. The team here is committed to that approach and I’m looking forward to working with them to grow our private client portfolio.’

Nik White, managing partner at Brabners, added: ’Hiring the best talent is an essential part of our growth strategy and will help us to cement the firm’s position as the region’s leading independent legal practice. Sarah, Hannah, Mairead and Christine definitely strengthen our leading team based in Preston and will mean we are even better placed to support our Lancashire and Cumbria clients.’

The firm also has offices in Liverpool and Manchester.

Pictured from left to right: Hannah Bates, Sarah Murphy, Ross Shine, Christine Hart, Mairead Platt.