Legal practice appoints senior business executive and new chief executive officer

Left to Right: CEO Robert White and Managing Partner Nik White at Brabners

Independent legal practice Brabners has appointed experienced senior business executive Robert White as its new chief executive officer to work alongside new managing partner, Nik White.

Robert has more than 25 years’ experience in senior roles across a range of sectors and succeeds Janet Pickavance, who is leaving the firm after 30 years.

Robert, who joined the firm’s management board in 2017, was previously managing director of gaming technology company, Barcrest Group, where he led a pioneering strategy to transform the business from a traditional hardware-based manufacturing company to one based on multi-channel software distribution.

He was also previously chief operating officer at technology distribution company, Exertis and managing director, SME at private equity-backed professional services group, Optionis.

Nik said: “Since joining Brabners, Robert has been key to formulating our new strategy and proposition. His expertise, experience and drive make him the perfect candidate. Such a high calibre appointment and the fresh perspective and impressive commercial experience he brings, demonstrates our ambition and the difference in our focus and approach.

“This is an exciting time for the firm, our people and our clients, and I’m looking forward to working closely with Robert and the wider team in my new role as managing partner as we cement the firm’s position as the region’s leading independent legal practice.”

Robert added: “Having worked closely with Nik and the senior team over the past 12 months, we’ve developed a clear, ambitious strategy that places our clients at the heart of everything we do and which is based on a truly collaborative approach and a relentless determination to pursue innovative solutions on their behalf.

“This is also a pivotal period for the region’s economy and with renewed momentum we have an even greater opportunity to help our clients and our people succeed. I have been blown away by the strength and the quality of the Brabners team and client base and, as we look ahead to the next chapter in the firm’s development, I’m also looking forward to complementing the team by attracting new talent and expertise in support of our growth aspirations.”

In the year to 30th April 2017, its last reported financial results, Brabners grew like-for-like revenues to £29.2 million, boosted by advisory work on high-profile projects across the North West.