Mr White and Mr White take the helm at North West law firm Brabners

Liverpool and Manchester-based practice has just seen Nik White elected as managing partner and he will be joined by Robert White who replaces Janet Pickavance as chief executive. Tony McDonough reports

Brabners CEO Robert White, left, and managing partner Nik White


Law firm Brabners has appointed a new chief executive to work alongside new managing partner Nik White.

The Liverpool and Manchester-based practice, whose Liverpool office is in Exchange Flags, has unveiled Robert White for the role. He takes over from Janet Pickavance, who is leaving Brabners after 30 years.

Robert’s appointment follows the election of Nik as managing partner. Both begin their new roles on May 1. Robert has more than 25 years’ experience in senior roles across a range of sectors.

He joined the Brabner’s management board in 2017 and was previously managing director of gaming technology company, Barcrest Group, where he led a 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 (a division of DCC plc) and managing director, SME at private equity-backed professional services group, Optionis.

“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,” said Robert.

In the year to April 30, 2017, Brabners grew like-for-like revenues to £29.2m (2016: £28.6m), boosted by advisory work on high-profile projects across the North West.

Nik added: “Since joining Brabners, Robert has been key to formulating our new strategy and proposition. His expertise, experience and drive make him the perfect candidate.”

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