Muckle LLP named law firm of the year at awards

LAW firm Muckle LLP is celebrating after being named law firm of the year at the North East’s industry awards.

Graham Lowes of sponsor Lloyds TSB and Muckle's senior partner Hugh Welch

LAW firm Muckle LLP is celebrating after being named law firm of the year at the North East’s industry awards.

Newcastle-based Muckle is winning increasing amounts of work both nationally and internationally.

The firm was praised for its corporate responsibility policy, including a charitable trust which makes grants to local causes with which people in the firm are involved.

Staff have the option to take an additional two days paid leave per annum to give time to any voluntary organisations they wish to support.

Lawyer of the year at the 2012 Newcastle upon Tyne Law Society Legal Awards was Mike Bishop, head of mental health at Newcastle law firm David Gray Solicitors.

Over the last 15 years Bishop has specialised solely in mental health work and represents a broad range of clients from adolescents to the elderly, covering all hearings including tribunals.

In June 2012, he became mental health lawyer of the year in the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.

The special achievement award, presented by Graham Lowes of Lloyds TSB Commercial, went to Jim Dias who has been with Sintons throughout his career.

Awards were presented to top trainees Zoe Ditch from Muckle and James Donnelly from Ward Hadaway.

Two Newcastle University students were also recognised for their academic excellence; Thomas Gordon in the field of trusts and Rachel Thompson in criminal law.

Highly commended were family solicitors Katrina Pescott of Swinburne and Jackson and Helen Robson of Caris Robson, along with solicitor Kevin Kerrigan, executive dean of the newly-formed faculty of business and law at Northumbria University.

In the law firm category similar recognition was given to Collingwood Legal and the residential conveyancing team at Gordon Brown.

Over £2,000 was raised on the night for the law society’s nominated charities The Sea Cadets and SSAFA Forces Help, both active in the North East.

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