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Commercial law firm Brabners has hired two new partners adding expertise to its corporate, real estate and specialist energy teams as part of an ‘aggressive talent acquisition strategy’ to support its growth plans.  

The two new hires are Mark Whiteside, who joins the firm’s corporate team from KPMG, and Claire Petricca-Riding, who has been appointed as Head of Planning and Environmental Law.

In order to meet increasing demand from its clients for advice on UK firearms law and licensing, WMS Firearms Training has joined forces with UK firearms lawyer Lachlan Nisbet, a Solicitor-Advocate and Partner at Brabners LLP in Liverpool.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has had its budget cut by 35% and in order to bridge that gap, the Government has imposed a legal duty for the HSE to recover its costs from non compliant businesses from October 2012. The charging scheme is called 'Fee for Intervention' (FFI) and is part of a package of Government measures intended to change the culture of health and safety. The powers given to HSE are intended to shift the cost of health and safety regulation from the public purse to businesses and organisations that break health and safety laws.