People: BRM Solicitors; Journey Further; and more

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Regional law firm BRM Solicitors is expanding with two new appointments to its Dispute Resolution Department.

Kate Fowler, joins as an associate from Sheffield law firm Lupton Fawcett specialising in property litigation and bringing over eight years of legal expertise to BRM’s Sheffield Dispute Resolution Team.

Ellie Davies arrives as a trainee solicitor and upon qualification, will specialise in litigation and dispute resolution.

The latest recruits complement the recent appointments of executive director and department head, Rob Cooke, whose extensive experience spans areas including Commercial and Property Litigation.

Director Giles Searby’s expertise in the manufacturing and technology sectors and experience with international trade issues were a valuable addition to BRM’s Dispute Resolution Department in 2020.

Cooke, said: “Kate and Ellie joining BRM is part of the firm’s ambitious plans for growth in Sheffield, where our business teams are gaining recognition for their consistently high service standards.

“The fact that we are rapidly attracting clients from both inside and outside of the region underlines that Sheffield is a great place to do business, and we are proud that BRM’s growth is playing a part in the continuing growth and evolution of Sheffield and its businesses.”


Performance marketing agency, Journey Further, has appointed James Addlestone as its new chief strategy officer.

He will join the executive team and lead strategy for the Leeds, London and Manchester-based agency, working with CEO, Robin Skidmore, and managing director, Matt Kwiecinski, to deliver on the business’s global growth plans.

Addlestone began his career in strategy consulting and data science at Deloitte, before moving to a number of agency groups including Interpublic and Omnicom.

He departs his role as head of decision science at RAPP to join Journey Further. He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining the Journey Further team.

“From my first interaction with the agency, it was abundantly clear why they are rated one of the best places to work in the UK, and why they are the fastest growing agency in Europe; because they really do live their values.

“I feel privileged to be joining such an ambitious, forward-thinking agency.”

Kwiecinski said: “The opportunity for our strategy and insight offering is huge, so we’re very excited for James to be joining us.”


Leeds-based digital agency, twentysix, has appointed Ibrar Hussain as technical director to lead and grow its web development offering in a newly formed role.

Joining twentysix from Dept UK, Hussain has over 15 years’ experience in digital, having held senior positions spearheading growth at a number of top agencies.

He will be responsible for leading twentysix’s technical strategy; including partner selection, best practice delivery and people development.

He will play an important role in achieving operational excellence, empowering the agency to keep pace, operate with agility, and drive innovation for the benefit of its clients – including the likes of Arla, Asda Money and Mercedes.

Hussain said: “twentysix is a great agency with a strong heritage in web development.

“As businesses’ needs become ever more complex, it’s imperative we continue to develop technical solutions that will evolve alongside our clients, enabling them to deliver best-in-class digital experiences for their customers.

“My focus will be on three core pillars; culture, technology and operations – which go hand-in-hand in so many ways.

“Working with great technology helps inspire people to feel rewarded in their roles, which ultimately supports high-quality operations and delivery.”

Ryan Scott, CEO, added: “Our clients are constantly faced with a rapidly changing and challenging technical environment.

“Ibrar brings a broad spectrum of experience and innovation to the table which will support us in delivering visionary work and help the brands we work with thrive online.

“His passion for developing his team really reflects our values too – so Ibrar certainly felt like a natural fit.”