Private Client Specialist Joins Brabners


Leading independent legal practice Brabners has strengthened its private client team with the appointment of consultant Liz Braude.

Liz joins from Laytons and was previously the head of private client at Pannone before the firm merged with Slater and Gordon.

She has 20 years’ experience covering all aspects of the private client field and has acted for high net-worth families across the North West. Liz’s areas of specialism include trust law and succession planning for family members with special needs such as learning or behavioural difficulties and physical disability.

Liz becomes the latest in a number of recent senior appointments across the firm’s Manchester, Liverpool and Preston offices including litigation partner Tom Smith, divorce law specialist Amy Harris, real estate partners Krista Powell and Helena Davies, healthcare regulatory partner Andrea James and construction law partner Elspeth Christie.

Nik White, managing partner at Brabners, said: “Our private client team has expanded rapidly, and boosting its presence in Manchester is a fundamental part of our plans for firmwide growth.

“We’re now more than half way through a three-year plan that has seen us deliver significant fee income growth year-on-year. I have no doubt that Liz’s experience will be integral to our private client team’s continued vital contribution as we build further momentum this year and into next.”

Brabners’ Manchester based private client team contributed to a 6% year-on-year increase in revenue for the wider private client practice group across all three of the firm’s offices in 2018.

Steven Appleton, partner and head of private client in Manchester at Brabners, said:

“Liz is a fantastic addition to the team and her vast experience will be a crucial factor in our continued growth. She has an exemplary track record of delivering excellent client service, something that is vital in a legal area that often involves quite sensitive issues for the individuals and families we work with.”

Liz added:

“Brabners’ reputation in the North West speaks for itself. The firm is able to maintain long-term relationships with clients through excellent service and by developing a deep understanding of their needs. As someone who has worked closely with families in the region across multiple generations, the value that Brabners places in relationships is why I’m sure it is the right fit for me.”