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Movers & Shakers: North East



  • Victoria Cornfield has been appointed as marketing executive at Till Bailey Irvine.
  • Leah Duffield has been retained as a solicitor by Archers Law upon successful completion of her training contract.


  • Alex Peebles has joined the public law team at Irwin Mitchell.
  • Atherton Godfrey has welcomed Marta Kuliga to the personal injury team.
  • Anna Stephenson has joined BHP Law.
  • Mark Gardner has joined Excello Law as a consultant solicitor.
  • Andrew Woodhouse has joined Mincoffs.
  • Lauren Hall and Richard Marshall have been retained by Hay & Kilner upon successful completion of their training contracts.
  • David Adams has joined Archers Law as an associate


  • Alison Oliver has joined Ward Hadaway as an associate.
  • Stephen Winn will lead the new clinical negligence department of TLW Solicitors.


  • Nik Tunley has been promoted to partner by The Endeavour Partnership.
  • Stephen Winn is heading up the new clinical negligence department for TLW Solicitors.
  • Kate Virica has been appointed as the new head of Simpson Millar’s Gateshead office.
  • Muckle LLP has recruited a number of new fee earners to its employment team. Emily Phillipson has joined as a NQ solicitor after completing her training contract with the firm. Frances Barker and Siobhan Howard-Palmer have joined as solicitors.


  • Helen Foy has returned to Watson Burton following her return from Sydney where she practised as a foreign lawyer.
  • Eight solicitors have been promoted to associate by Ward Hadaway. They are: Katie Adams, Gillian Chinhengo, Chris Anderson, Victoria Armstrong, Katie Barratt, Sam Carter, Helen Fletcher and Julie Hind.
  • Andy Brown has joined DWF as national head of tax litigation and disputes.
  • Muckle LLP has recruited Frances Barker and Siobhan Howard-Palmer into the employment law team.
  • Elaine Hamblett has been promoted by Brethertons.
  • Theresa Carling has joined Tilly Bailey Irvine as a solicitor in the employment team.


  • Rosemary Young has joined Archers Law as a consultant in the wills, trusts and probate team.
  • Dawn Dickson and Emma Stewart have both moved to Davidson Chalmers’ employment team.
  • BHP Law has recruited Emma Barugh as HR and training manager.
  • James Harrison and Jacqueline Turner have both been promoted to partner by Watson Burton.
  • Ward Hadaway has recruited Karen Andrews as a partner.
  • Nicola Howarth has joined The Endeavour Partnership as a solicitor in the commercial property team.
  • Mincoffs has recruited Patricia Mellish into the wills, probate and trusts team whilst Jill Marshall has joined as a marketing executive.
  • Ward Hadaway has made several promotions to partner. The new partners are Teresa Davidson, Helen O’Neill, Jane Garvin and Martin Woodford.
  • Dickinson Dees has promoted new partners Mark Casey, Victoria Hunter, Will Sander, Emma Moody, Carlyn Easterbrook, Tracy Walsh and David Towns.
  • Sally Hare has joined BHP Law as a residential conveyancing solicitor.


  • Square One Law has appointed corporate partner Jeremy Swift and employment partner Jean-Pierre Van Zyl. Four new senior associates have also joined the firm: Steven Dick, Chris Gibson, John Hammill and Gillian Hulls
  • Robin Steel has joined DWF as corporate partner in the Newcastle office.
  • Mincoffs has promoted Matt Foster to partner.
  • Dominic O’Rourke has joined the residential conveyancing team of Punch Robson.
  • Sintons has appointed Angus Collingwood-Cameron as a consultant.


  • Gaynor Jackson has joined Ward Hadaway as partner in the private client department.
  • Marrons has recruited Anna Eastgate as a new corporate partner. Sarah Swann has also joined the firm as a senior associate whilst Matt Smith joins the planning team.
  • Rosemary Burton has been promoted to head of the family department by Watson Woodhouse.
  • Andy Woodhouse has been appointed as general manager of Mincoffs.
  • Lee Bramley is to lead a specialist corporate recovery and insolvency team at The Endeavour Partnership.
  • Emma Moody has been promoted to head of charities by Dickinson Dees.
  • BHP Law has recruited Rebecca Stephenson as a family solicitor.


  • Andrea Gardner has joined Muckle LLP as a partner in the construction and engineering team.
  • Square One Law has appointed three new partners to the firm – Simon Priestley, Barney Frith and Stuart Hamilton.
  • Collingwood Legal has recruited Sue Graham as office manager together with Charlotte Hornsey as a paralegal.
  • Rhianwen Jones has joined Watson Burton as a solicitor in the real estate team. Michael Shuker has also returned to the firm as an associate in the team.
  • Louise Miller has been promoted to associate in the private client team by Mincoffs. Tina Shaw has joined the firm as a conveyancer.
  • Kate Jenkins, Amanda Maskery and Suzanne Maddison have all been promoted to partners at Sintons LLP.
  • Paul Davison will lead the new commercial team of DAC Beachcroft in Newcastle.
  • BHP Law has promoted Paul Monaghan to partner.
  • Gail Marshall has joined the real estate team of Muckle LLP as an associate. Jonathan Bone also joins the firm as a solicitor in the development team. The construction and engineering team has been bolstered by the appointment of Henry Box.
  • Richard Twyford has joined the property team at Emmersons.
  • Gibson & Co has recruited Harry Chrisp to the private client department as a senior associate.


  • Deborah Kirtley has joined DWF as banking partner. She will be tasked with growing DWF’s banking and finance practice in the North East.
  • Thorntons has appointed joint managing partners for the first time. The firm is now led by Craig Nicol and Scott Milne. Clare Macpherson will take over as head of the firm’s litigation department. Lesley Larg will take over as head of the business law division.
  • Family legal executive Wendy Beacom has moved with partner Amanda Baker from Jacksons to Silk Family Law.
  • BHP Law has welcomed Jemma Morland to the firm from Paul Dodds Solicitors.