Appointments: Renowned Scottish law specialist joins Muckle LLP

Muckle has strengthened its offering for clients on both sides of the border needing construction and engineering-related legal advice by recruiting partner Keith Bishop

Keith Bishop and Robert Langley from Muckle LLP
Keith Bishop and Robert Langley from Muckle LLP

Formerly a partner with DLA and then Anderson Strathern, Keith is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law and is the only solicitor to be accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in both construction law and professional negligence.

Advising on contentious as well as non-contentious construction issues, Keith is as equally qualified to help clients to minimise any contractual risks as he is in litigating and adjudicating on them.

Keith’s significant experience and insight extends to providing expert opinions to other law firms on construction matters and also on advising other adjudicators on complex construction disputes.

He has advised numerous high-profile organisations, including universities and art colleges, on procurement strategy to minimise and manage risk and acted for contractors, sub- contractors and consultants in a range of disputes. He has acted as an adjudicator and expert.

Keith said: “I aim to provide a slightly different dimension to Muckle’s offering through my experience and understanding of contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering issues. I have been really impressed with the team’s capabilities and look forward to developing the team alongside Robert Langley.”

Robert Langley, partner and head of the construction and engineering team, added: “As a specialist expert adviser with extensive experience, Keith commands significant respect across the industry for both his knowledge and approach. He will prove to be an extremely capable addition to the team. We look forward to Keith expanding our services for clients with operations spanning both England and Scotland.”

Muckle LLP is a commercial law firm, based at Time Central, Newcastle. It holds the Investors in People Gold accreditation which has been awarded to just 3.6% of organisations in recognition of their world-class approach to people development and management.

In June 2012, Muckle LLP was named the UK’s best law firm outside London at the Lawyer Awards 2012, when it won the Regional Law Firm of the Year.

Muckle LLP has won at every North East Insider Dealmakers Awards since their inception in 2006. The firm has been named Corporate Law Firm of the Year for an unprecedented six consecutive years from 2008-13. In 2014, for the seventh time in eight years, one of the team was voted Corporate Lawyer of the Year. Following previous winners Andrew Davison, Craig Swinhoe and Nicola Loose, Muckle’s continuing success in the deal marketplace was reflected in an award this year for corporate team head Robert Phillips.

In March 2014, Muckle LLP won the Heart of the Community award for the third year in a row, ahead of all other businesses throughout the North East, in recognition of the care its people have shown in helping the communities where they live and work. It is an award that is aligned closely to Muckle LLP’s beliefs about the importance of being a responsible business, and reflects the work of a large number of people across the firm.

Muckle LLP has also become the first organisation to obtain a Go Smarter to Work Gold Award in recognition of the firm’s ongoing commitment to encouraging smarter travel choices.

Muckle has more than 150 people in its team and 28 partners, with specialist expertise in commercial, corporate, property, employment, dispute resolution; and legal-specific sector expertise in charities, energy, sports and education.


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