Stephanie Kyne

You could say that Stephanie likes to see the world. Not only is she a keen walker who spends many a happy hour exploring the glorious Northumberland countryside, she has also lived and worked in Singapore, which is where she was based for 18 months prior to joining us in January 2015.

With such an interesting career path it is perhaps no surprise that Stephanie’s experience to date encompasses a wide range of commercial and corporate matters. Stephanie applies her extensive corporate / commercial knowledge and experience across a variety of sector work in particular in the charity and sports sectors. Stephanie advises on a broad range of matters, including distribution agreements, manufacturing agreements, supply agreements (goods and services), terms and conditions of sale and purchase and consumer terms on the purely commercial side. She also regularly advises on constitutional and governance matters for sports sector organisations and charities.

Stephanie specialises in data protection and regularly advises clients from all sectors on data protection compliance especially in light of the GDPR. She has led the advice provided to the County Football Associations and Football Association affiliated clubs, leagues and districts as well as advising England Athletics on its GDPR compliance. She has frequently delivered bespoke training courses and webinars in the general commercial, charity, sports and education sectors. She regularly advises on all areas of compliance together with assisting organisations in responding to data subject requests (from subject access requests to requests to be deleted).

Away from the office, and when she isn’t wearing out her walking boots, Stephanie’s idea of relaxing is losing herself in a good book, going out with friends and family, or putting her culinary skills to the test with something a little adventurous.

Samantha Roberts

After working in recruitment and as a paralegal Sam knew that a career in law was for her.

On assessing her options, Muckle stood out to Sam because of its reputation.  She applied for the vacation scheme to see if Muckle really was as brilliant as everyone said it was, and she felt they weren’t wrong.  Right from the start she said she was made to feel welcome.  Even though this kind of process can seem scary, she felt everyone made an effort to speak to her and help in any way they could.  After only a week, she knew that this was the place for her.  And she said this was all down to the kind of people that work here who have a great mix of intelligence, character and personality.

So what’s the one piece of advice Sam would give to anyone going through the Graduate recruitment process?  Just be yourself and relax.  Sam feels Muckle place a huge emphasis on you as a person and have a real interest in you, not just your academics.  She commends the recruitment team, saying they are fantastic!  Sam really enjoyed every aspect of the process and it was down to the fact that she felt so comfortable.  She felt the team appreciate how stressful the application process can be and make every effort to ensure that this is not the case with Muckle!

After starting work here, she knew that the training was first class; evident to anyone who is lucky enough to take part in the vacation scheme.  Overall she would highly recommend applying so you can really see what Muckle are all about.

Samantha Roberts

Sam’s role in the data protection team means she regularly advises clients from all sectors, however predominantly the sports/IT and tech sector, on data protection compliance, drafting policies and procedures, drafting and reviewing data processing addendums and dealing with subject access requests.

More recently Sam was seconded to one of our clients in order to solely deal with data protection in the lead up to the introduction of the GDPR and she often gives client tailored training on data protection.

Before joining Muckle in September 2015, Sam spent her time working in recruitment and then as a paralegal. She was also lucky enough to feed her love of travel by backpacking across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji – skydiving over Lake Wanaka was one of the highlights of her trip.

Samantha Roberts

Sam’s role in the Commercial, Sports and Charities team is extremely varied and on any given day could be drafting a set of terms and conditions for an exciting new app, reviewing commercial contracts and advising on risk, helping set up a charity, advising on data protection or drafting articles of association.

Before joining Muckle in September 2015, Sam spent her time working in recruitment and then as a paralegal for a top 20 law firm. She was also lucky enough to feed her love of travel by backpacking across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji – skydiving over Lake Wanaka was one of the highlights of her trip.

In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym and spending lots of time with family and friends both in the North East and Lancashire.

George Smith

George graduated with a first-class masters’ degree in Law at Northumbria University in 2016 shortly before accepting a training contract with Muckle LLP. During his time at Muckle, George has worked as Paralegal in Dispute Resolution, Corporate, Construction & Engineering and Debt Recovery making him competent in multiple fields. He is especially experienced in e-disclosure having been involved in various multi-million pound contract disputes.

George is currently in his first seat within Muckle’s Real Estate team, his role is to assist members of the team in non-contentious matters. His tasks can differ on a daily basis because in the Real Estate team each day is always different from the last.

Outside of his legal role, George is also part of Muckle’s BEAM team which helps organises the firm’s social events taking experience from his 5 years in the leisure industry before joining Muckle.

 

Sarah Barratt

With over 20 years’ experience in handling property disputes, Sarah knows more than a thing or two about the sector and the region

Sarah specialises in everything from possession proceedings, to nuisance and anti-social behaviour matters and disrepair, including issues related to Judicial Review and the Human Rights Act. She has also advised private landlords on their tenancies and understands domestic conveyancing, having acted for both investor and private clients.

Outside work, Sarah loves wildlife and photography, which is handy as her husband is a professional wildlife guide and photographer. It means most of Sarah’s spare time is spent exploring the North East capturing wildlife… on camera of course.

Sarah Barratt

With over 20 years’ experience in handling property disputes, Sarah knows more than a thing or two about the sector and the region

Sarah specialises in everything from possession proceedings, to nuisance and anti-social behaviour matters and disrepair, including issues related to Judicial Review and the Human Rights Act. She has also advised private landlords on their tenancies and understands domestic conveyancing, having acted for both investor and private clients.

Outside work, Sarah loves wildlife and photography, which is handy as her husband is a professional wildlife guide and photographer. It means most of Sarah’s spare time is spent exploring the North East capturing wildlife… on camera of course.

David Towns

Spend a few moments talking to David and it’s immediately clear why he’s particularly well suited to agricultural law. And we’re not just referring to his fondness for tweed. As well as having an excellent knowledge of the sector, 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. He’s also acknowledged as an authority on manorial titles, manorial rights and mines and minerals. In fact David regularly gives talks on these subjects and has featured as an expert commentator for numerous national news outlets including The Times, The Independent and the BBC.

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.

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.

Libbie Henderson

Originally from Whitley Bay, Libbie actually trained at Muckle in 1995 before her career took her to a variety of law firms. Now, back at Muckle as one of the North East’s most respected real estate lawyers, Libbie is an expert in all aspects of property development.

She has considerable experience in advising on land acquisition and disposal across many sectors, having acted for developers, waste and mineral operators, energy generation companies and landowners.

That’s helped establish Libbie as one of the few, true energy legal specialists in the region, and her experience includes the regeneration of greenfield and brownfield sites and land-based energy projects, including wind, solar and nuclear. As an expert in funding for real estate projects, she also has a great deal of experience acting for national housebuilders, building developers and landowners.

Always happy to roll her sleeves up, at home Libbie can be found merrily baking something scrummy for her twins, or (not-so-merrily) helping her husband with various ‘restoration projects’, like refitting the starter clutch on a Honda NC30. All great for the soul, if not for the fingernails.

Libbie Henderson

Originally from Whitley Bay, Libbie actually trained at Muckle in 1995 before her career took her to a variety of law firms. Now, back at Muckle as one of the North East’s most respected real estate lawyers, Libbie is an expert in all aspects of property development.

She is also experienced in advising on the sale of agricultural land for development and has considerable land acquisition and disposal expertise, particularly for mines and minerals quarrying and energy related matters.

In fact, Libbie is considered as one of the few, true energy legal specialists in the region. Her experience includes the regeneration of greenfield and brownfield sites and land-based energy projects, including wind, solar and nuclear. As an expert in funding for real estate projects, she has a great deal of experience acting for national housebuilders, building developers and landowners too.

Always happy to roll her sleeves up, at home Libbie can be found merrily baking something scrummy for her twins, or (not-so-merrily) helping her husband with various ‘restoration projects’, like refitting the starter clutch on a Honda NC30. All great for the soul, if not for the fingernails.