Movers & Shakers: North East



  • Latimer Hinks has announced a change in ownership and management at the firm. Anne Elliott and Andrew Way have retired as directors of the company, stepping down as CEO and MD respectively. Business and managerial responsibilities have passed to the four remaining directors, Elizabeth Armstrong, Natalie Palmer, Martin Williamson and Adam Wood
  • Womble Bond Dickinson has welcomed two new solicitors into its national agriculture team based in Newcastle. Antonia Cosby and Mary Foster
  • Gateley has appointed Dennis Murphy, a cyber-security and business threat specialist, as a consultant to the firm.
  • Square One Law has welcomed Stacey Gray to the firm as a senior associate
  • St James’ Square Law Firm has promoted Rukhsanah Haroon to associate conveyancer
  • St James’ Square Law Firm has appointed solicitor Adam Chaffer to the firm’s dispute resolution department
  • Kathryn Boyd, a newly qualified solicitor, has joined the agriculture, estates and rural property team at Muckle LLP
  • Muckle LLP has appointed solicitor Ailsa Charlton to its dispute resolution team
  • EMG Solicitors has made a number of senior appointments and promotions
  • Paul Armstrong, a commercial contracts specialist, has joined Hay & Kilner in the corporate and commercial team based in Newcastle
  • Sophie Townes has qualified into the corporate team at Sintons


  • DAC Beachcroft has announced the appointment of commercial, EU and competition partner Neil Warwick
  • Thomas Lillie, a partner at Aberdein Considine, has been promoted to head of legal for the lender services practice group
  • Punch Robson has announced a pair of partner promotions. Patricia Mellish and Andrew Steel
  • Sintons has promoted two lawyers to senior associate, and one to associate. Danielle Dale, Kate Nicklin whilst Louisa Bestford is promoted to associate
  • Natalie Mortimer has joined Aberdein Considine as the head of compliance for the lender services practice group
  • BHP Law has appointed associate solicitor Holly Hirst to its private client team
  • Tilly Bailey & Irvine has appointed Stuart Lisgo as a member of the probate team


  • Muckle LLP has welcomed five newly-qualified solicitors to the firm on the successful completion of their training contracts. Charlotte Dickinson and George Smith join the real estate team, Hayden Richards joins the corporate team, Jack Dawson joins the commercial team and Hannah Beer joins the employment team. New trainees at the firm are Ben Forbes, Katie Allen, Lydia Stewart, and Tania Brodie-Clarke
  • Punch Robson has announced a number of new appointments. Chris Cunningham is a newly-qualified solicitor who joins the commercial property team while solicitor Josh Butterwick joins the family team