Appointments: Muckle LLP announces senior promotions

Commercial law firm Muckle LLP has announced the promotion of three lawyers within its banking, commercial and construction teams

Muckle managing partner Jason Wainwright, left, with Kevin Maloney, Nicola Barnett and Adam Aston
Muckle managing partner Jason Wainwright, left, with Kevin Maloney, Nicola Barnett and Adam Aston

Kevin Maloney has been promoted to partner in the banking and restructuring team. In addition, two lawyers have been promoted to associate solicitor: Adam Aston in the construction and engineering team and Nicola Barnett in the commercial team.

Kevin Maloney joined the firm’s corporate team initially when he qualified as a solicitor at Muckle in 2000 but is known for his work in the banking team where he has been for eight years.

As well as providing advice for a range of financial institutions, Kevin advises borrower clients who need banking, finance and fundraising advice. He also leads the graduate recruitment team at Muckle LLP.

During his time at the firm, he has been actively involved in deals, such as the flotation of Quantum Pharma plc and the joint venture company between BEL Valves and Newcastle University, as part of a £10m subsea engineering facility for Newcastle Quayside.

He said: “I am delighted to have been promoted. Muckle is a great place to work and I have enjoyed developing my career here. I’ve been fortunate to work on a range of high-quality, complex transactions which reflect both the nature of our clients and the capability of our team.”

Louise Duffy, who leads the banking and restructuring team at Muckle LLP, said: “We are proud to congratulate Kevin on his achievement in becoming a partner within the largest banking team in the region. His appointment recognises the talent and work ethic which makes him a central member of our team.

“He has led and managed complex transactions and the promotion is a well-deserved recognition of that effort and excellence over a long period.”

Newly-promoted associate solicitor Nicola Barnett joined Muckle in 2010 and specialises in advising on IT, data protection and freedom of information. She has advised clients on a variety of sector issues, as well as project-managing complex company-wide data protection compliance projects, information commissioner/tribunal appeals and subject access/disclosure issues.

Nicola said: “I am delighted to be promoted and look forward to the new challenge in further developing our IT and information law offering. Since I joined the firm, I have enjoyed building on my existing practical experience as an information law adviser by achieving my data practitioner qualification and also raising the firm’s profile by speaking at the National Information Security Conference last year.”

Adam has also been promoted to associate solicitor. He joined Muckle eight years ago and specialises in detailed contractual analysis and drafting, commercial negotiation and contractual procurement in the construction sector.

He said: “Since qualifying into the construction team, I have enjoyed working on a diverse range of construction and engineering projects. In recent times, I have been lucky enough to have worked on a number of high-profile engineering, energy and infrastructure projects.

“I am very excited by my promotion to associate solicitor and am very much looking forward to making a more prominent contribution to the running and continued success of our team.”

Muckle LLP’s managing partner Jason Wainwright said: “These promotions are well deserved and reflect hard work, expertise and enthusiasm. Kevin, Nicola and Adam clearly really enjoy what they do and it’s great to see people develop professionally and personally at Muckle LLP, whether joining us as trainees or later in their careers.

“We are committed to helping people achieve their potential and our promotions are a real reflection of the progress that the firm continues to make and the opportunities which lie ahead.”


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