Law firm Gordons has announced the appointment of a senior lawyer within its employment and HR practice.

Mike Patterson joins from law firm Berwins where he worked for almost 12 years as head of employment. He has particular expertise in advising clients within the food manufacturing, digital and technology and professional services sectors.

With almost 20 years’ experience in employment law, Mike has also worked inhouse for the Department of Health and food manufacturer Northern Foods plc which is now 2 Sisters Food Group.

He advises on all aspects of employment and HR issues, regularly represents clients at employment tribunals and provides bespoke training sessions.

Commenting on his appointment, Mike said: “Gordons’ employment and HR team is highly regarded and has a well-established client base in sectors that I have a great deal of experience in.

“It’s also a firm known for having personable lawyers who are straightforward to deal with and that give practical commercial advice. I share those same values, so I am looking forward to further growing the employment and HR practice with likeminded colleagues.”

Welcoming Mike to the firm, Gordons managing partner, Victoria Davey, said: “Mike is a great hire for Gordons due to his sector experience, professional capability and approachable personality.

“We have a strong employment and HR service offer and have every confidence that Mike will play a pivotal role in its continued expansion.”

Gordons has offices in Leeds and Bradford and employs 170 people.