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New Leadership for Enduring Partnership

New Leadership for Enduring Partnership

Burnetts has elected a new Management Team to lead it into the future. The 120 year old Cumbrian partnership has chosen three new faces for their Management Team including a new Managing Partner with special responsibility for strategy.

A 120 year old Cumbrian partnership has elected a new Management Team to lead it into the future. 

The Partners at the law firm Burnetts have chosen three new faces for their Management Team including Vaughan Jones as Head of Business Services,  Simon Mortimer as Head of Private Client Services and Nick Gutteridge  as Managing Partner with special responsibility for strategy.  Partners Vaughan, Simon and Nick join John Morris, Senior Partner and Tom Leach Managing Partner (Operations) as leaders of the multi-million pound, local business.

Burnetts' Management Team

Pictured (left to right) Vaughan Jones, Tom Leach, John Morris, Simon Mortimer and Nick Gutteridge

The new Managing Partner Nick Gutteridge is currently Head of Personal Injury and Court of Protection.  Originally from Nottingham, Nick joined Burnetts in June 2007 and is currently the President of Carlisle and District Law Society.  He is accredited as a Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and is a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme. He lives in Appleby with his wife and three children. 

Vaughan Jones came to Burnetts from national law firm Eversheds where he was a partner for over ten years. His area of specialism is commercial and corporate work both in the United Kingdom and overseas. A heavyweight in education law, Vaughan is a well-respected adviser to the firm’s many education sector clients. A regular public speaker on issues of commercial law, he has spoken not only across the North but also at national and international conferences. Vaughan lives in Gosforth, Newcastle and has four children. 

Simon Mortimer’s area of expertise is family law. He joined Burnetts in 1988 and has been a partner for more than 20 years.  A member of the Law Society’s Children Panel, he has a particular expertise in cases involving children. He is also a long-time member of Resolution, an association of family lawyers who try to resolve cases with the minimum of hostility and a trained collaborative lawyer. Simon is married with two grown-up children and lives in Brampton. 

Nick Gutteridge said, “Our appointments are part of the firm’s succession planning strategy.  Since the 1980s the firm has enjoyed a sustained period of growth under the leadership of Tom and John. Both remain firmly in post but we need to ensure that we build a strong team to move the firm on to the next stage. “

He continued, “Vaughan, Simon and I are all committed to the continued growth of Burnetts. We are determined to grow the firm’s client base throughout Cumbria and to implement new ways of working to ensure our provision of excellent service. The professional services environment remains challenging but there are still opportunities for modern, established and ambitious firms who want to grow.” 

Burnetts’ eighteen Partners employ almost 90 staff including 45 lawyers. The firm has five offices including bases in Penrith, Newcastle and Carlisle. A West Cumbria office opened in Cockermouth at the end of 2013.  

11th April 2014 


For further media information or photography, contact: Angela Huck | ash@burnetts.co.uk | 07525 128762 | 01228 552222

Published: Friday 11th April 2014
Categorised: Corporate Law, Employment, Family Law, Serious Injury, Practice News

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