Trio of promotions for Manchester-based law firm


Manchester law firm Brabners has promoted three of its senior associates to partner across its corporate, family and private client teams.

David McGurnaghan is a private client lawyer with more than 10 years’ experience. He specialises in wills, estates and tax planning for high net-worth individuals, trusts and owner-managed businesses, and has significant expertise in power of attorney and Court of Protection work.

McGurnaghan will work closely with Duncan Bailey, head of the private client department to drive the future growth of the team.

Joanne Radcliff is a specialist in family law and has considerable experience in complex and high value financial settlements. She supports clients with separation, divorce, civil partnerships, prenuptial agreements and issues relating to cohabitation and child matters. Joanne is also a trained collaborative legal practitioner, which offers an alternative method of dispute resolution to her clients.

Nikki Whittle is a corporate lawyer who also leads the firm’s corporate team in Preston. She supports a broad range of clients, from SMEs to large corporates, with transactions including M&A, MBOs, JVs and retirement sales. She also deals with non-contentious and contentious insolvency matters.

Nik White, managing partner at Brabners, said: “Making sure we invest in the brightest talent is a vital part of our long-term growth strategy. Attracting quality lateral hires to the firm is a key part of that, as is ensuring that we nurture and promote the talent, ambition and success of the many great commercially-minded people already in our business.

“This latest round of promotions is testament to that and I’m also delighted that we are retaining 100% of our second-year trainees on qualification. This reflects the quality of the young people we are bringing on board and also our positive growth mindset, all of which will help us to drive the firm forward into our next phase of growth.”

These promotions follow a period of investment in talent at the firm, which has recently announced the senior hires of corporate partner Jon Close, financial litigation partner Phil Sheard and his team, in addition to Lisa Robinson-Behnejad as director of marketing and business development and Ruj Dev as head of commercial finance and project management.