Expert lawyer joins Muckle to lead procurement team

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Alison Walton, partner, has joined us to lead our procurement practice, which offers dedicated contentious and non-contentious expertise.

Alison is a senior commercial contracts and procurement lawyer with over 17 years’ experience advising senior management teams on procurement strategy and risk management.   

Sitting within our multidisciplinary commercial team, Alison will manage a 6-strong group of lawyers with extensive experience advising both public and private sector clients on procurement issues. She will also support the firm’s expanding commercial contract practice.

Essential in rebuilding the economy

Alison Walton said: “I am excited to join Muckle at a time when the public sector is likely to be leading the way in rebuilding the economy against a backdrop of a changing procurement landscape. 

“As someone who is passionate about our region, working for a forward thinking law firm which is dedicated to the North East was the natural choice for me.”

Practical solutions that get results

She adds: “Procurement is an area that is increasing in complexity, with the unique challenges COVID-19 and Brexit present for supply chains. But great procurement advice should never be about the black letter of the law, it’s about providing practical solutions that get results.

“That is why I am proud to be leading this team of talented and experienced procurement experts and I am extremely excited about developing the practice as a key part of the firm.”

Alex Craig, partner and head of commercial, said: “I am thrilled that Alison has joined us. She is a genuine leader in her field who understands every aspect of EU procurement and the issues public and private organisations face. 

‘Creative, strategic thinker’

“At Muckle we like to do things differently and challenge the norm in search of better solutions for our clients. Alison is someone who really embraces that spirit, as a creative and strategic thinker who is also incredibly easy to work with.”

“We have advised on procurement matters for many years, and Alison’s expertise allows us to build on that experience and take our procurement practice to new heights.”

Industry leading expertise

One of Alison’s most significant cases to date involved Faraday Developments, who she helped successfully challenge a contract award by West Berkshire Council. It was the UK’s first ever ‘declaration of ineffectiveness’ and has been described as one of the most important procurement cases in recent years.

In addition to procurement, our commercial team has dedicated specialists in contracts, technology, data protection, intellectual property, education, sport and charities and is ranked top in the North by Legal 500 UK.

It advises a vast range of clients, including MEIYUME, Roman Ltd, NCG, the English Football Association, Great North Air Ambulance Service, Fairstone and Hadrian Healthcare Group, among many others.

To learn more, contact Alison Walton on 0191 211 7850 or email [email protected]