Newcastle law firm Muckle LLP has appointed a new managing partner.
Real estate specialist Jason Wainwright has been promoted after 10 years at the firm, and will take over from Steve McNicol on April 2.
Mr McNicol, who was one of the country’s youngest managing partners when he assumed the role aged 34, will move into a new role with the firm, focussed on client development.
He said: “I am very proud to have had the opportunity to lead this business, alongside senior partner, Hugh Welch, through so many exciting developments to help make it the modern firm that it is today.
“We have built a Muckle brand with credible market strengths and a leading reputation for excellence – both regionally and nationally. Muckle has transformed itself over the years and today it is a highly engaged business and everyone shares a collective pride in working here.
“As with any business, succession planning is a vital consideration. Now feels like the right time for me to take on a new challenge within the firm.”
Mr Wainwright joined Muckle after a five-year stint working as group company solicitor for transport firm Arriva plc where he advised on real estate aspects of mergers and acquisitions.
He will continue his real estate work as well as take responsibility for building the momentum achieved under Mr Nichol’s leadership.
He said: “Taking on the role of managing partner for Muckle is a huge privilege. Steve has achieved so much for the firm over the course of the last 10 years.
“I have talked to the business for some time about my desire to lead the firm. Now I’m looking forward to continuing Steve’s fantastic work to increase Muckle’s market share and strengthen our position as the leading independent law firm in the North East.”
Speaking about the appointment, Hugh Welch, senior partner at Muckle LLP, said: “I would like to thank Steve for the fantastic job that he’s done over the last 10 years.
“He has steered the firm through a tough recession and has positioned us well for future growth. Jason’s appointment is the latest stage of our continuing progress.”