Birketts expands Ipswich office with two new legal practitioners

BIRKETTS LLP is delighted to welcome Andrew Tubb and Rebecca Wastall to their Ipswich offices.

Mr Tubb joined Birketts at the start of November as an associate in the firm’s corporate team. He has vast experience in corporate transactions, bank finance, joint venture arrangements and commercial contracts.

Ms Wastall also joined the firm at the start of November as a consultant barrister in the firm’s corporate criminal defence team. She has joined the team on a part-time basis and although she has vast experience in criminal law, she will be covering all practice areas within this team.

They are among eight people to have joined the firm since the middle of September.

Window, door, conservatory and solar energy experts SEHBAC Ltd has appointed Norman Hornigold as sales and marketing director.

Following a highly successful 25 year career in senior management with Everest Home Improvements, his appointment is seen as a key addition to the SEHBAC team, which is based in Ipswich.

Mr Hornigold said: “I am delighted to be joining such a well established local company with a superb brand and reputation to match. Our window and door portfolio is stunning and I look forward to exciting times ahead with these existing products coupled with the new introduction of state of the art solar energy solutions.”

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Paul Smith, of SEH Group, said: “SEH are delighted to welcome Norman to our team. It is great news to have attracted such a high calibre individual for what is such a key role with in the business.”

Charlotte Knappett, a solicitor within the family team at Essex-based Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP, has gained accreditation as a Resolution specialist in private law children and domestic abuse.

The accreditation has been granted by Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers, after she presented evidence of the work she had undertaken in these areas of law. She joins many other family lawyers within FJG, who hold specialist accreditations in various areas of law.

Ms Knappett, who is based in the firm’s newly opened Chelmsford office, said: “I have been a qualified solicitor for nearly six years working within the FJG family team advising on all areas of family law. However a lot of that time has been spent specialising in domestic abuse and private law children work, taking on emergency cases and representing, when possible, my clients from the first meeting and through court proceedings.”

She added: “I felt it was important for me and my client’s to have my knowledge and skills assessed by the national organisation Resolution. I am delighted that I have passed first time and have been granted specialist status. My move to our new Chelmsford office is very exciting. I am enjoying building a rapport with all the local services and businesses and offering a service to those in Chelmsford as well.”

Development agency Choose Suffolk has announced that its marketing manager, Brigit Parker, will be expanding her role to take on a wider marketing remit due to the changing landscape and the departure of its tourism manager, Alex Paul, who will be leaving the organisation at the end of the year.

A member of the Institute of Marketing, Ms Parker continues to bring a wealth of experience to her role and has over twenty years marketing and communications knowledge. Prior to joining Choose Suffolk she held a number of senior marketing roles with some of the county’s most high-profile brands, including P&O, Archant Suffolk, East of England Co-op, Suffolk Show and Trinity Park.

She has worked at Choose Suffolk for two years, leading the delivery of a wide range of the organisation’s cross-platform campaigns designed to promote the county as an inward investment and tourism destination, such as ‘Why Choose Suffolk’,’ China Friendly Suffolk’, ‘Suffolk Observatory’ and ‘Come to Your Senses – Visit Suffolk’.

She is also well-known to those in the county’s tourism sector, and project managed Choose Suffolk’s Destination Suffolk Tourism Conference, held in March and also led on the delivery of its ‘Great Days Out in Suffolk’ campaign, designed to highlight the county’s many attractions and activities as a destination for a day out.

She said: “Choose Suffolk is forging ahead with a range of exciting activities in the coming months that will have a beneficial impact on the county’s tourism and inward investment. Tourism will remain front of mind for me, but I’m relishing the opportunity to broaden my horizons and working to position Suffolk as the premier destination in the UK for inward investment.”

Saffron Building Society has announced that John Goodfellow has resigned as a non executive director following a recent illness

John Goodfellow said: “In view of my need to reduce my commitments it is appropriate that I resign from my role with the Saffron. I am disappointed at not being able to help create what I am sure will be an exciting future for the Society. “

Society chairman Peter Harrison said: “ I am extremely disappointed to see John go, his contribution to the board was always insightful and valuable. On behalf of the board I wish him all the best for a full recovery”