New employment division launched by city law firm

Melissa Cook has joined law firm Simpson Sissons & Brooke
Melissa Cook has joined law firm Simpson Sissons & Brooke
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Sheffield law firm Simpson Sissons & Brooke has launched an employment law division, headed by new appointee Melissa Cook.

Ms Cook, 26, is a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University who previous worked as an employment law legal adviser with Simpson Millar Solicitors in Leeds and, more recently, with GM Wilson Solicitors in Barnsley.

SSB partner Jeremy Brooke said the firm was expanding its services at a time when many law firms were considering cutting back.

“This is a strategic move for us growing our business offer by 25 per cent and at the same time making our first move into offering commercial legal services which we can build on,” said Mr Brooke.

n Nick Patrick has joined South Yorkshire International Trade Centre as its international trade manager.

Mr Patrick’s international career started with Yorkshire Chemicals, where he was responsible for global business development and its European subsidiaries.

He went on to spend 15 years running his own business in the international chemical sector in addition to providing international trade consultancy services.

Mr Patrick said: “The most effective way to get UK PLC on a sound economic footing, specifically the Sheffield City Region, is to generate a sustainable exporting profile.”

South Yorkshire International Trade Centre operates under the umbrella of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce. It provides advice on developing overseas markets and processes export documentation.