Graduate Recruitment Team

Judith Birkett
Graduate recruitment is a vital aspect of the Firm’s development as we need to continually attract passionate, enthusiastic, and talented people who will contribute to its future success. So it isn’t a cliché to say trainees are the future of the Firm and I really enjoy leading the Team in the challenge we have of choosing the right trainees from the many high-quality people who apply to us. It’s fantastic to meet so many enthusiastic people who want a career in law and with Muckle in particular, and it’s also very rewarding to see trainees develop and progress their careers with us.
Judith Birkett
Beth Thompson
I remember how stressful and daunting the recruitment process and gaining a training contract can be. The graduate recruitment process at Muckle seemed to me to be a bit more fun and I felt we were given an opportunity to let our personalities shine through. I was really keen to get involved in the graduate recruitment team to meet a variety of different people and to help find enthusiastic and intelligent individuals who would contribute to the great working environment here at Muckle.
Beth Turner
James Armstrong
Muckle has always prided itself on the advice and service it gives to its clients. The quality of advice and service we can offer is entirely dependent upon the quality of the people who are employed by the Firm to provide it. The process of recruiting new trainees is therefore critical to ensuring the future success of the business and I enjoy being involved in that task. In particular, I like meeting the increasingly diverse range of applicants who apply to us for training contracts. As someone who went through the graduate recruitment process at Muckle, and who has subsequently been here for almost ten years, I believe I know what we are looking for in a trainee, and also what prospective trainees are looking for from us. So it’s good to think I can apply that knowledge to assist in making a valuable contribution to the future of the Firm.
James Armstrong
Kate Rickett
Muckle places great emphasis and takes pride in its people and its culture, therefore it is important that we find the right individuals who will fit well with the Firm, and who have the skills to develop what we do and grow our team. Being on the Graduate Recruitment Team means that I can take part in the process of finding the right people to join the team here at Muckle. Having applied to Muckle in 2011 and gone through the recruitment process, including a week long summer vacation placement (following some initial work experience in the Real Estate team whilst at School), I was very interested in getting involved in the Graduate Recruitment Team so that I can use the experience that I have had to help future candidates.
Kate Newman
Deborah Lazenby
Deb has always been very passionate about meeting, recruiting and developing trainees and other potential team members which is why she joined the graduate recruitment team.

She has supervised trainees and newly qualified solicitors for over a decade and knows what we value in our trainees.  As an award winning firm, we are always keen to meet the next generation of solicitors who can help develop and grow our business.

Trainees play a key role in the team from the start of their training contract and having the opportunity to meet a wide range of interesting people who are enthusiastic about joining Muckle is a really enjoyable aspect of her role in the Muckle team.
Judith Birkett
Hayden Richards
At Muckle, we believe that it is our people that define us as a firm. We therefore believe in recruiting and training the very best next generation lawyers. We are looking for enthusiastic, commercial and innovative applicants who wish to start their legal careers with one of the leading law firms in the North East.

At Muckle, you will be offered the chance to work with, and learn from, leading lawyers across various disciplines over the two-year period. I started my training contract with Muckle in 2016, undertaking seats in Construction, Corporate, and Real Estate and eventually qualifying into the Corporate team in 2019. What I loved about training at Muckle, was the fact that you could really get involved with the matters, undertaking real work expected of NQ solicitors.

The recruitment process itself is quite different from other law firms and (we hope) quite fun. If you have any questions then we are always happy to help
Judith Birkett
Stephanie Brown

Having gone through the graduate recruitment process with Muckle and taken part in their vacation placement, it’s great to be part of the Graduate Recruitment Team and (hopefully) help to make the process as enjoyable for current and future candidates as it was for me.

Muckle prides itself on its people and culture and recruits trainees with the intention of retaining them long-term, so finding the right candidates who understand our ethos and have a genuine desire to work here is paramount.
Stephanie Brown
Tom Justice

Most law firms say they are proud of their ‘culture’ but, as someone who went through the Graduate Recruitment process and trained at Muckle, I can honestly say that we live by our values and the firm on our website is an accurate representation of what it is really like to work here. We have a strongly defined culture that guides everything we do; that’s why it is so important that we recruit people who understand what we are trying to achieve and genuinely want to work here. We like to think we are a little bit different, so hopefully, you will enjoy the process and we really look forward to meeting you!
Stephanie Brown
Leah Heatley

Our people are fundamental to the success of Muckle to ensure that we can provide the very best service to our clients and community.  Our trainees are a vital part of our team and it’s therefore essential that we recruit trainees who are the right fit; after all, they are the future leaders of our business!  As part of the graduate recruitment team, Leah really enjoys meeting the diverse range of applicants who go through the process.  She also supervises trainees and takes great pride in seeing them learn and progress their careers with us.