“Thanks so much for organising such a fantastic night. Steph McGovern was also just brilliant. She managed to hold the audience’s attention and bring a real sense of occasion.”
– Natalie Rodgers, Director at Scala UK
“Over the past 10 years, I have worked very closely with Barker Brooks to help champion the legal talent and expertise that Yorkshire has to offer. Through their insightful articles, topical news stories, superb events and spectacular award ceremonies – they have never once failed to impress! Utterly professional and always a pleasure to deal with – Barker Brooks are a tremendous business ally!”
– Natalie Rodgers MCIM Chartered Marketer & Solicitor, Managing Director
“We are only 8 months into our relationship with Barker Brooks, but even from the pitch stage we have been impressed with their enthusiasm for our Journal and proactivity in coming to us with ideas and suggestions. They have already made a decent start in terms of advertising sales, and thus far they have been very good at communicating internally with various stakeholders here at OUP and respectful of the existing relationships we have with our authors and editorial board.”
– Emma Thomas – Senior Publisher, Law Journals, Oxford University Press
We really like promoting our own people. Seeing someone join the business, grow into their role, begin to take on more responsibility and actively start to give something of substance back is one of the most rewarding things about being involved here. When people deserve a promotion, it’s a pleasure to be able to oblige. The latest people to step up have been Alex Gray and Paul Bunce. Alex joined us as a salesperson, but it soon became clear that he had a broad commercial perspective and business acumen that could be put to better use – so rather than concentrating on a particular product, Alex has been working for some time now as our Head of Business Development. As you might expect, this involves getting out into the market, finding new opportunities, building new client relationships – in short, driving the future growth of the company. He’s already brought a couple of notable new clients on board, and is deeply involved in several other prospective new ventures. Paul, meanwhile, has impressed us so much with his drive and commitment that we’ve made him sales manager. It’s his job to oversee the sales team, monitoring, motivating, setting targets, shooting trouble and generally providing the oxygen that keeps the heart of the company beating. Paul’s first few weeks in his new role have been very successful, so let’s hope that’s a sign of things to come.
It’s shaping up to be another record year at the Yorkshire Legal Awards, taking place this year on 16 October at New Dock Hall in Leeds. With just over a fortnight left for nominations to be made, we’ve once again been seriously impressed with the quantity and quality of entries we’ve received. The entries represent the breadth and depth of the legal community in Yorkshire, from trainees to managing partners, from boutique niche firms to barristers’ chambers – and they all tell their own impressive and inspiring stories. While we don’t have any input in the judging process itself, on the strength of what we’ve seen so far we can certainly say that there are going to be some very worthy winners in 2014. Nevertheless, we’d urge anyone who hasn’t got round to entering to do so all the same: even if you think you have no chance of winning, the single biggest thing you can do to help your chances is to put a nomination in! A full list of categories and an online entry form are available here. Tickets for the evening are also starting to sell swiftly. To guarantee you can join in with the celebrations on 16 October you can get them by calling Paul Bunce on 01423 851150.