Sarah Addison

After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in Spanish and French, Sarah returned home to complete her GDL and LPC at Northumbria University.  While Sarah thoroughly enjoyed living and working in Spain, first in Bilbao and then in Santander during her year abroad, she knew that her heart truly lay in the North East of England, and she was certain that she wanted to return home to work.

It was Muckle’s friendly culture, which promotes team work and excellent client service, that stood out to her when she completed the vacation scheme in 2015.  She returned to the firm in 2018 as a trainee, with her first seat in the Banking and Restructuring team.

Outside of work, Sarah can often be found either at the gym or in the shops!  She is also a keen runner and looks forward to joining the Muckle runners.

Sarah Addison

After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in Spanish and French, Sarah returned home to complete her GDL and LPC at Northumbria University.  While Sarah thoroughly enjoyed living and working in Spain, first in Bilbao and then in Santander during her year abroad, she knew that her heart truly lay in the North East of England, and she was certain that she wanted to return home to work.

It was Muckle’s friendly culture, which promotes team work and excellent client service, that stood out to her when she completed the vacation scheme in 2015.  She returned to the firm in 2018 as a trainee, with her first seat in the Banking and Restructuring team.  In the Banking department, Sarah is looking forward to having the opportunity to work on various types of finance transactions for lenders and borrowers including refinancing, restructuring, new lending and advising on security and guarantees.

Outside of work, Sarah can often be found either at the gym or in the shops!  She is also a keen runner and looks forward to joining the Muckle runners.

Caroline Wood

Caroline joined Muckle as a trainee in September 2018 after graduating from Newcastle University with a law degree in 2016. She then studied for the LPC in her home city of Manchester before returning to Newcastle.

Caroline is currently enjoying her first seat in the Dispute Resolution team, where she is gaining experience in disputes arising from unpaid debts, breach of warranties and infringement of intellectual property rights.

Outside of work, Caroline is a student mentor through the Junior Lawyers Division mentoring scheme.

In her spare time Caroline tries to ski whenever she can. She has always loved the sport and prior to joining Muckle spent 5 months working as a chalet host in the French Alps. She also enjoys surfing and bodyboarding – preferably in warmer climates than what the North East has to offer!

Caroline Wood

Caroline joined Muckle as a trainee in September 2018 after graduating from Newcastle University with a law degree in 2016. She then studied for the LPC in her home city of Manchester before returning to Newcastle.

Caroline is currently enjoying her first seat in the Dispute Resolution team, where she is gaining experience in disputes arising from unpaid debts, breach of warranties and infringement of intellectual property rights.

In her spare time Caroline tries to ski whenever she can. She has always loved the sport and prior to joining Muckle spent 5 months working as a chalet host in the French Alps. She also enjoys surfing and bodyboarding – preferably in warmer climates than what the North East has to offer!

Elizabeth Earle

Elizabeth is a highly experienced agriculture, farms and rural estates expert. She acts for private trusts and individuals, as well as charities and institutions, and her work includes commercial, residential, estate management and planning development.

In fact you’d struggle to find a landed estates legal issue Elizabeth hasn’t experienced and solved. Her work has spanned tenancies and ongoing estate management work, easements and other rights, sales and purchases, Land Registry and other title work, fishing, shooting and sporting rights and financing and re-financing arrangements. On one occasion she even helped a client buy an entire island.

It’s all in a day’s work for outdoor-loving Elizabeth, who takes most things in her stride. Quite literally. When she’s not out visiting clients, she loves running, cycling, swimming and walking – ideally all in the same day! Elizabeth also regularly competes in triathlons, road and fell running races, often braving the mud and cold. But then, that’s something all good rural specialists relish.

David Towns

As well as having an excellent knowledge of the rural estates, David is a people person with a passion for interesting, varied legal work.

And varied it is. After many years’ dedicated to this field, David is highly experienced in complex, esoteric and historical legal issues having advised a mixture of businesses and private individuals.

David also specialises in all aspects of agricultural property law, whether that’s buying and selling farms, estates and rural land, grants of easements such as rights of way and water supplies, dealing with restrictive covenants and commercial property issues and rural sporting matters. He’s also acknowledged as an authority on manorial titles, manorial rights and mines and minerals.

Like all of us here, David also loves the North East and believes the region has it all – mountains, moors, coasts and forests. When he’s not out not enjoying the countryside, film fanatic David likes to be entertained by his favourite comedy and sci-fi movies. That is, when he’s not spending time with his young daughter who, he says, is a constant source of entertainment.

Elizabeth Earle

Elizabeth is a highly experienced agriculture, farms and rural estates expert. She acts for private trusts and individuals, as well as charities and institutions, and her work includes commercial, residential, estate management and planning development.

In fact you’d struggle to find a landed estates legal issue Elizabeth hasn’t experienced and solved. Her work has spanned tenancies and ongoing estate management work, easements and other rights, sales and purchases, Land Registry and other title work, fishing, shooting and sporting rights and financing and re-financing arrangements. On one occasion she even helped a client buy an entire island.

It’s all in a day’s work for outdoor-loving Elizabeth, who takes most things in her stride. Quite literally. When she’s not out visiting clients, she loves running, cycling, swimming and walking – ideally all in the same day! Elizabeth also regularly competes in triathlons, road and fell running races, often braving the mud and cold. But then, that’s something all good rural specialists relish.

Elizabeth Earle

Elizabeth is a highly experienced agriculture, farms and rural estates expert. She acts for private trusts and individuals, as well as charities and institutions, and her work includes commercial, residential, estate management and planning development.

In fact you’d struggle to find a landed estates legal issue Elizabeth hasn’t experienced and solved. Her work has spanned tenancies and ongoing estate management work, easements and other rights, sales and purchases, Land Registry and other title work, fishing, shooting and sporting rights and financing and re-financing arrangements. On one occasion she even helped a client buy an entire island.

It’s all in a day’s work for outdoor-loving Elizabeth, who takes most things in her stride. Quite literally. When she’s not out visiting clients, she loves running, cycling, swimming and walking – ideally all in the same day! Elizabeth also regularly competes in triathlons, road and fell running races, often braving the mud and cold. But then, that’s something all good rural specialists relish.

Philippa Walker

As a property specialist, Philippa has lots of practical and technical legal knowledge. She even spent six months teaching law as a lecturer at Sunderland College.

During her career, Philippa has acted for commercial banks and bespoke commercial lenders on a wide range of property transactions, including high value commercial and residential development sites and mixed use portfolios. The experienced solicitor also has advised on acquisitions and disposals as well the property elements of numerous corporate transactions.

Despite all that experience, Philippa believes there are always opportunities to learn more, and she’s excited about broadening her expertise here at Muckle.

When not working, the powerboat licensee with a need for speed also loves water-skiing in the Lake District and snow-skiing in France. And although she claims not to be a natural runner, Philippa has a very healthy Great North Run personal best of 2 hours 8 minutes and she runs the world famous half marathon every year. Pretty impressive work for a ‘non-runner’.

Julie Garbutt

Julie is an expert in all aspects of personal estate planning for business clients and their families. Her advice has covered wills, family trusts, inheritance tax, business succession, asset protection and Court of Protection work.

From rural landowners to corporate CEOs, Julie has helped all kinds of clients protect their business wealth and plan for their family’s future. She is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), endorsing Julie as a genuine expert in her field.

Family is really important to mum of two Julie. And when she’s not busy looking after her loved ones, she loves taking part in just about any sport. You name it – golf, running, skiing and wake-boarding, which is like snow-boarding just on water. Who says lawyers aren’t fun?