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Over the last ten years Newcastle & the North East of England has re-emerged as a thriving business community; billions have been spent investing in the infrastructure, the regional heritage and regeneration projects. This has helped attract businesses back into the region and many large corporations (providing quality instructions to the regions law firms) have a presence in the North East including Arriva, the Sage Group PLC & Entec, one of the UK’s largest environmental and engineering consultancies.
This economic improvement has given rise to a mass of opportunities for professionals in the region and particularly for lawyers. From trainees wishing to gain excellent exposure and client contact early on in their career to experienced individuals looking for recognition and rewards, Newcastle & the North East has plenty to offer Lawyers & Solicitors across a variety of disciplines. Solicitors in the corporate, commercial, property & private client departments have a wide range of choice in both the type of firm they can work for and the type of client they wish to represent.
Firms grabbing the headlines for 2006/7 include Muckle LLP, Ward Hadaway & Dickinson Dees. Ward Hadaway, for the first time, posted profits of over £400,000 per equity partner & Dickinson Dees’ turnover exceeded £56 million both improving their standings in the Lawyer Top 100 up to 85 & 48 respectively.
Causing a stir in the region is Muckle LLP, formerly Robert Muckle Solicitors. With turnover increasing by 20% last year to just under £10 million the firm received 6 nominations at the inaugural North East Insider Dealmakers awards and walked away with the awards for Corporate Deal and Corporate Lawyer of the year.
In October 2007 Stephen McNicol, Muckle LLP’s managing partner said “attracting talented lawyers to the region is extremely important to us. We offer quality work for quality clients as many of our competitors do, but what we find people increasingly look for is a culture which invests time in their personal and professional development; a culture that allows them to really contribute and feel valued”.
James Hitti, Consultant at BCL Legal, confirmed ‘the region offers a complete spread of firms from national giants including Eversheds to high quality high street operations. I deal with managing partners who have a genuine interest in working with quality staff handling quality work.”
BCL Legal provides comprehensive legal recruitment services for Solicitors, Lawyers, law firms and businesses at all levels, across all disciplines and across all sectors. With offices in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham, BCL Legal is dedicated to assisting Lawyers throughout the North East and the UK’s regions.
James Hitti specialises in recruiting Solicitors into law firms across all disciplines in the North East of England. If you would like information in relation to employment within Private Practice, please contact James Hitti on 0845 241 0938