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New Year Promotions for Award Winning Team

Cumbrian law firm Burnetts has appointed a new Equity Partner and promoted a trio of solicitors after an award winning year.

Head of Agribusiness Richard Miller, who first came to Burnetts as a school work experience, has become a part-owner of the business by being moved up to equity status. A former pupil at Nelson Thomlinson School and a Newcastle University graduate, Richard is Cumbrian born and bred. He is a member of the Agricultural Law Society, Cumbria Society and former Chair of Carlisle Young Farmers Club as well as sitting on the Cumberland Agricultural Society Council.

Richard Miller, Robbie Mather, Diane Barnes and Leigh Child

Richard Miller, Robbie Mather, Diane Barnes and Leigh Child

2013 was an extremely successful year for the Wigton-born solicitor. As well being recognised with Acquisition International Magazine’s “Agribusiness Law Firm of the Year” award, his team was top-ranked in Cumbria for the first time ever by the prestigious law firm guide Chambers and Partners.

Speaking about his appointment, Richard said,
“From a young age, I wanted to be a solicitor and Burnetts was where I wanted to establish my career. The firm has helped me to achieve that ambition by providing work experience, a bursary to help me through law college and the opportunity to make a name for myself and the agribusiness team within the agricultural sector. I have worked extremely hard in return and am now looking forward to taking a more active role in the running of the business helping us to achieve continued growth and success in the future.”

Sharing in the Agri-business team’s success is Diane Barnes, an agricultural law solicitor who is promoted to Associate, along with Construction and Public Procurement solicitor Leigh Child and Commercial Property and Planning lawyer Robbie Mather.

Diane and Robbie are also products of the firm’s solicitor training programme. Diane qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and has specialised in agricultural law ever since. Following further study, she became qualified in Scotland in 2011. A Law and Accountancy graduate, Robbie qualified as a solicitor in 2010. An accomplished sportsman, he plays football semi-professionally for Carlisle City Football Club.

Construction and public procurement expert Leigh joined Burnetts in 2011 from Local Partnerships LLP (a joint venture between the Local Government Association and HM Treasury). She has been qualified for a decade and is the only specialist in her legal field in Cumbria.

The decision to promote the four was made during a meeting of the Equity Partners in 2013. The promotions became effective on 1st January 2014.

All four newly promoted lawyers can be contacted on 01228 552222


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