Chartered accountancy and business advisory firm UNW has appointed Nick Broadhead as corporate finance partner to further strengthen the company’s corporate finance business.
Mr Broadhead arrives at UNW following 12 years at KPMG in Newcastle, where he worked with a variety of businesses in the technology media and telecoms, leisure, retail and wholesale, business services and healthcare sectors, specialising in private equity transactions. He said: “This is a particularly unique opportunity to develop the corporate finance business at a premier regional independent firm. To see a firm investing heavily in its senior team – as UNW has done this year – speaks volumes about its commitment to enhancing the breadth and depth of experience that can be drawn upon when advising new and existing clients.
“It’s an exciting time for me to be joining UNW. The firm has a distinctive culture and its offering to clients is incredibly strong. The corporate finance business has always delivered consistent volumes of transaction activity and I’m looking forward to linking up with Paul, Chris and the rest of the team to help broaden our offering and maximise the opportunities in front of us.”
Stuart Bedford of KPMG (Image: KPMG) KPMG UK has appointed Stuart Bedford as its new UK head of law.
Mr Bedford is set to join the firm from Linklaters where, in his position as corporate partner, he advised on a broad range of deals across Europe, Asia and Africa, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and fund structures. He also spent two years as in-house counsel with BAE Systems. He succeeds Nick Roome, who has led KPMG’s UK law practice since 2015 and has now been promoted to take on a global focused role, concentrating on growing KPMG’s global legal solutions.
He said: “I am excited to be taking on this new challenge and aim to build on the impressive strides KPMG Law has made in the past few years. We have a huge opportunity to build on the great work we are already doing at a time of accelerated change within the legal sector. I am very much looking forward to working with the team as we help our clients and the firm to achieve their ambitions.”
Abigail Chorlton Wilson, who has joined the Ward Hadaway trainee programme (Image: Ward Hadaway) Ward Hadaway has welcomed four scholarship students from Newcastle and Northumbria universities as part of its trainee recruitment programme. Kanyinsola Lawal from Teesside, Tyler Campbell-Welham from Huddersfield, Abigail Chorlton Wilson from Wynyard and Cate Johnson from Stockton are amongst the highest performing students on the degree courses in law, within the top 10% of their cohort.
The scholarships enable them to automatically fast-track their entry to the Ward Hadaway trainee assessment centre in May 2023. Successful assessment centre applicants are awarded a training contract at the firm after graduation. The four students will undertake two weeks of training at Ward Hadaway’s Newcastle headquarters during the scholarship programme.
Caroline Jones, recruitment and emerging talent manager at the firm, said: “Our trainee programme is a key aspect of our graduate development strategy and is aligned with our aim to recruit motivated, skilled and forward-thinking individuals with the right mix of competency, skills and attitude. Our scholarship scheme not only showcases the dynamism and variety of working for Ward Hadaway – one of the most established full service firms in the North of England – it also demonstrates the endless possibilities available to these talented individuals.”
Alex Goldthorpe of Burnetts (Image: Burnetts) Newcastle law firm Burnetts has employed its first recruit through its Banking Solicitor Recruitment and Training Programme. As part of its continued expansion the company created its own programme designed to give top legal graduates the opportunity to be trained to work in the banking sector.
Its first recruit is 23-year-old Northumbria University graduate Alex Goldthorpe, originally from Boulby, North Yorkshire. Mr Goldthorpe, a former apprentice footballer at Carlisle United, trained as a paralegal and when he found out about the opportunity with Burnetts he immediately applied.
He said: “I was initially attracted to the programme because of the transactional nature of banking law. Before entering the legal industry, it was my goal to achieve something constructive. Banking law is the perfect area to do this as my work helps to benefit both parties, and it can also have positive effects on the wider community. By helping lenders provide funds to their clients, I am playing a key role in driving investment and encouraging growth throughout the UK. “
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