THE North East’s biggest law firm, Dickinson Dees, has made six promotions to director at its Newcastle and Leeds offices.
The promotions range across the firm’s intellectual property, corporate and commercial, charities and property departments.
They are: Mark Casey (banking), Victoria Hunter (commercial), Will Sander (intellectual property – IP), Emma Moody (charities), Carlyn Easterbrook (corporate recovery), David Towns (agriculture).
Casey, who joined the firm in 2007 and is based at the firm’s Newcastle office, said: “Being promoted to director recognises the contribution we have all made to the firm during our time here. I’m looking forward to continuing to develop the role I have in our banking team, working across our offices in Newcastle and Leeds.”
Will Sander joined the firm in 2005. Since joining Dickinson Dees, he has become the only jointly qualified solicitor and trade mark attorney in the North East, having completed his additional qualifications last year.
He said: “Dickinson Dees has a thriving IP practice and I am delighted to be taking an increasingly prominent role within both the team and the firm.”
This year’s round of promotions comes at a busy time for the firm as it continues to invest in the business with the aim of becoming one of the country’s leading law firms.
The last four months has seen the firm appoint two new partners to its commercial disputes and property teams in Leeds, as well as a director to its commercial practice. The firm has recently promoted Tracy Walsh to partner in the firm’s pensions team in Newcastle.
John Marshall, the firm’s senior partner, said: “It is always with great pride we announce our promotions. It is important to reward high-calibre lawyers that have made an outstanding contribution to the business.
“These are all lawyers with very bright careers ahead of them and I’d like to congratulate each of them.”
The Newcastle-based firm said this month its business has improved as the North East economy recovers as it reported a 2.4% rise in turnover for the year to the end of April and a 10% jump in profit to £12.1m. The 200-year-old firm is investing to grow over the next 12 months after opening a Leeds office to replace its York site and investing more in its London office.