Brabners managing partner elected to third term

By Tim Aldred

03 Apr 2024

Nik White Brabners

Nik White has been re-elected as the managing partner of law firm Brabners.  

Nik, who was recently named Management Partner of the Year at the Legal 500 Northern Powerhouse Awards, will serve a third three-year term to start on May 1.

Nik’s re-election comes as Brabners celebrates a sixth successive year of growth, as well as being independently recognised as the UK’s Best Law Firm to Work For by Best Companies. 

During his first two terms, Brabners has grown to more than 500 colleagues and a now 86-strong partnership. It has also entered the Yorkshire market with the launch of its office in Leeds and has invested significantly in new workspaces in Manchester and Lancashire, with Liverpool to follow soon, while also becoming the first law firm outside of London to achieve B Corp certification.

Under Nik's guidance, Brabners has set out its intention to continue the momentum of the past six years with an ongoing commitment to focus on people, planet and profit in equal measure as part of the B Corp movement.

Brabners was behind the launch of ‘True North’ in the summer of 2023. The network has 150 organisations including Lloyds Banking Group, the Prince’s Trust and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), which work together to create a path towards unlocking the true potential of the Northern economy.

The firm also published its Defining Northern Ambition report which gathered the views of some of the region’s most influential voices.

Brabners has since established a True North advisory council, with working groups focused on identifying specific actions across each of the report’s four key themes, covering people, skills and the future; innovation and change; sustainable growth; and purpose and social impact.

Nik, who has worked for Brabners for nearly 30 years, said: "I am very happy and grateful to be continuing in my role, acting as a custodian for Brabners, a firm which naturally means a great deal to me having been here throughout the entirety of my career so far.

"I believe the past few years have been among the best in our more than 200-year history: growing our team and expanding our reach, investing in flagship new spaces, as well as becoming a B Corp and strengthening our culture that genuinely makes the difference for our clients, our colleagues and the communities we serve; and, critically, makes Brabners a business that people are proud to be part of."

Robert White, CEO of Brabners, said: “I am delighted that Nik will be continuing in his role as managing partner for the next three years. The past six years has been characterised by our firm going from strength to strength – which is just reward for all the hard work, engagement and continued support of all our colleagues, and is reflective of the trust that our clients increasingly place in us to understand and deliver on their needs.

“The progress we have made in that time means that we are well-placed to build on the momentum we have created, as we continue to focus on playing our part to demonstrate that business can bring about positive change.”

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