People on the move: Brabners; Europac 3D; Assetz; Johnson Fellows

L-R Brabners managering partner Mark Brandwood, Richard Rigg,and Helen Marriott

Commercial law firm Brabners has boosted its family team with the appointment of Richard Rigg from DWF.

Rigg, who joins as an associate in the Liverpool office, has five years’ experience in family law.

In addition, Rigg will strengthen the team’s well-established wealth protection offering for its high net worth and business clients.

Brabners’ family team is headed by partner Helen Marriott and is split between offices in Manchester, Liverpool and Preston.

The team is ranked as top tier in Legal 500 and also by Chambers and Partners, which describes the practice as “very professional with a depth of knowledge and friendly manner”.

Rigg’s appointment is indicative of the growth of Brabners’ family team in recent years and its dedication to achieving the best possible results for its clients.

Marriott said: “Richard’s track record, considered advice and broad expertise make him an ideal fit as the team grows revenues across the North West.

“Looking ahead, we are confident of building on a successful 2017 and will continue to invest in the team to ensure we meet client expectations in offering a first-class service in complex areas of family law.”

Rigg added: “Brabners is widely recognised as one of the leading family law firms in the region as well as an outstanding employer. I’m looking forward to using my experience and skillset to support our diverse mix of clients.”

Brabners has made a raft of senior appointments so far in 2017. These include partner Steven Appleton as head of the firm’s private client practice and partner Ian Mylrea as head of the firm’s pensions team.


Europac 3D, a 3D printing, scanning and inspection business based in Crewe, has appointed David Price as its new UK additive manufacturing sales manager.

The appointment will help service and grow the demand the company is experiencing for its 3D printing and scanning products in the UK.

The appointment comes after Europac 3D was named as one of HP’s Channel partners, which means the company will take responsibility for the sales and servicing of all of HP’s 3D printing systems and accessories across the UK.
The role will see Price responsible for the new HP Multi-Jet Fusion 3D Printer and Uniontech SLA 3D Printer sales throughout the UK & Ireland.

Price, who has nearly 25 years of rapid prototyping and technical sales experience, will be supporting customers from across a diverse range of industrial, commercial and military sectors.

John Beckett, managing director of Europac 3D, said: “With his experience in rapid prototyping, we have no doubt that David’s knowledge and expertise will help us make further inroads into vertical markets and meet the demand for our products and meet the high levels of customer service our clients expect.”


Mark Roberts has joined the growing Assetz Capital team as a relationship director in the company’s Manchester office.

In his role, Roberts will be responsible for new business development and relationship management, based at Assetz Capital’s new head office near Manchester Airport.

He will be offering development and bridging loans to his clients and brokers, as well as buy-to-let facilities, secured SME term finance and commercial mortgages.

Roberts joins from Goldcrest Finance, where he spent three and a half years as business development manager.

Having worked in the commercial property industry for more than 20 years, he has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of structuring both simple and complex transactions.

Rob Pailin, managing director at Assetz, said: “Mark will play a crucial role as we look to satisfy the rapidly growing demand for our services in the North West. We are confident he will be a huge asset to our team and our clients in the future.”

Roberts said: “Assetz Capital has seen outstanding levels of growth, and is quickly becoming known across the industry for its quick and tailored approach. It is a fantastic time to be joining such a dynamic lender and represents a new challenge for me as I look to contribute to this success.”


Johnson Fellows has strengthened its Manchester office with the appointment of a new associate partner.

Gillian Bamford joins the growing office of the national chartered surveyors in its professional department, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience in the commercial property sector.

Her specialist skills include lease renewals, rent reviews and lease re-gears.

Formerly associate director at CBRE, Bamford has worked with major clients including Scoop AM, British Airways, Manchester Airport plc and Lancaster University. She has also advised high street banks; Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and Santander
Bamford said: “Johnson Fellows is a fast-growing firm, which I am excited to be a part of. It has a great future and is continuing to build its reputation in the North West. It has an excellent team culture, which I am fortunate to now be a part of. I look forward to the challenges ahead.”

Chris Litherland, partner and head of the Manchester office, said: “We have a growing list of clients in the North West and Gillian has a well-deserved, strong reputation in the market.

“With offices in London, Manchester and Birmingham, attracting people of Gillian’s calibre, is exactly what we need to do in order to continue our progress.”