We’re proud to announce a hat-trick of new recruits and a raft of promotions.
Having built up a stellar reputation for legal excellence over our 147-year history, a new chapter is being written with the arrival of three new team members and several internal promotions.
The three new recruits are:
Deborah Henning: Jacksons’ new head of employment, Deborah has acted for employers AND employees during a 20-year specialism in employment law.
Sunderland-born, Washington-raised and based at Jacksons’ Newcastle office, Deborah spent many years acting for clients who were members of some of the UK’s largest trade unions.
More recently, she has acted for employer clients guiding HR and ER managers in a unionised environment, representing and advising in matters from trial advocacy to TUPEs.
Her practical, pragmatic approach and experience to see both sides enables her to give fully rounded and practical advice.
Deborah said: “The employment relationship is one of the most important in a person’s life.
“When representing the ’employer’, it must not be forgotten that the managers instructing me are also employees in their own right. Employers are not unfeeling, faceless institutions.”
Sarah Laird: A litigation solicitor based in Jacksons’ Newcastle office, Sarah previously worked at Winn Solicitors for just under six years, dealing with mainly fast-track and multi-track litigation, before moving to Pepperells’ dispute resolution department, where she dealt with civil and commercial litigation.
Sarah has a variety of experience, including dealing with debt recovery, landlord and tenant disputes, contract disputes and more.
Emily Bentley: Emily joined Jacksons in June after six years with UK-based tech company Communicate Technology Ltd, where she was responsible for marketing and business development. Before that, Emily worked for chartered accountants Evolution LLP – now Azets – as marketing and business development manager. Her time will be shared across the North East region as the firm’s marketing and business development manager. Emily is also a trustee of The Teesside Charity and director of the Tees Valley Business Club.
As well as the three new starters, several staff have earned well-deserved promotions:
- Helen Milburn, head of the private client team, and has been with Jacksons since 2010 undertaking her training with the firm, has gained a partner role.
- Kim Dosanjh successfully completed a solicitor training contract and has now secured a permanent solicitor role in the Residential Property team.
- Rebecca Logue, solicitor in the Corporate and Commercial team, was promoted to an associate solicitor role.
- Chloe Thompson, who started as a secretary in the Litigation team in 2022, has secured a solicitor training contract and started her first seat in the Employment team on June 1.
Managing partner Tony Wentworth said the new appointments and promotions would help Jacksons continue its proud tradition of serving the people of the North-east and North Yorkshire.
Congratulating all seven, he said: “We are very pleased with our new appointments as they bring even more expertise and breadth of knowledge to our teams. Jacksons is a product of the strong relationships we have made with our clients, and team members.
“We know that our now 90-strong team will look after our clients – whether a long-standing client or new to Jacksons, they are equally as important.
“Our strength has always been to listen, understand and then deliver the best service and the best outcome for our clients, whether that’s a business or personal legal need. Our new appointments and promotions will only add to our ability to be a leading law firm that serves the whole of the North-East region.”
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