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Sarah Farish

Sarah joined Muckle’s Banking and Restructuring team in 2021. Sarah is originally from South Tyneside but now lives north of the water. She attended Northumbria University and graduated in 2016 with a First Class MLaw Exempting degree. She trained and qualified at a local Newcastle firm. During her training, Sarah had experience in a wide range of areas from corporate and commercial to litigation and insolvency. Sarah qualified into her previous firm’s litigation and insolvency teams and gained valuable experience working for SME clients, Insolvency Practitioners, landlords and directors.

Sarah acts for lenders and borrowers in finance and security arrangements and acting for insolvency practitioners, lenders, and directors on non-contentious and contentious insolvency matters from enforcing security, pre-pack administration sales and purchases and advising creditors and landlords on their rights post-insolvency.

Sarah is a qualified open water diver and, after some time away from the North Sea, she can’t wait to get back into training. She also loves attending live events whether it be a theatre production at the Theatre Royal or a pop-punk music festival in a field in the Midlands. On her quieter weekends, Sarah can be found reading thriller and fantasy novels.

 

Joanna Garvey-Smith

Joanna joined Muckle as a Paralegal in May 2021. Previously educated at Oxford University, she is currently completing her law degree at Teesside University.

With over 20 years’ experience providing cross-cultural services throughout Europe, Joanna has the skills to support businesses through a wide range of issues.

As part of the Corporate Services Team, Joanna helps growing businesses get the right legal structure in place to obtain maximum value. This includes share buy backs, share option schemes, shareholder arrangements and company restructurings for SMEs in and out of the region.

In her free time Joanna loves walking, practising her languages, local history and Roman archaeology.

Siobhain Corr

After graduating from The University of Ulster with a degree in Law, Siobhain then completed her LPC at Northumbria University. Prior to joining Muckle in May 2021 Siobhain worked as a paralegal, before training and qualifying at law firm in Newcastle upon Tyne.

As part of the corporate team, Siobhain will advise on various transactions including management buy outs, acquisitions and disposals, asset sales and purchases, and company reorganisations.

In her free time Siobhain enjoys horse-riding, playing hockey and hiking. She completed a 10-day trek in the Himalayas, raising money for charity.

Claire Renney

Claire studied Law at Northumbria University, completing her degree part-time whilst working as a paralegal. After qualifying in 2004, Claire practiced family law at local North-East firm before moving to Newcastle City Council where she worked in both their Childcare and Employment teams.

Now part of our Employment team, Claire specialises in education, providing specialist safeguarding advice to schools, as well as handling legal issues relating to employment law.

Outside of work, Claire is the Chair of Governors for her son’s primary school. And, as a qualified Ballroom and Latin dance teacher, Claire will no doubt be putting the rest of the firm to shame on the dancefloor, and hopefully providing some free dance lessons to her more rhythmically challenged colleagues.

Sophie Robertson

Sophie trained and qualified in the North East before joining Muckle. With a degree in English language, a masters in fashion management and entrepreneurship and an LPC, her eclectic mix of skills and interests makes her the perfect fit for Muckle.

Now part of our wide-ranging Commercial team, Sophie handles all kinds of legal issues, including drafting or providing advice on supply contracts, terms and conditions, privacy policies, procurement and data protection for the leisure, online retail, tech, sports and manufacturing sectors or undertaking governance work for companies, charities and school trusts. To name a few.

A foodie with a love for travel, in her spare time Sophie is always looking for new restaurants to try and hones her own cooking skills at home. She’s also a self-confessed dog-napper and can often be found walking her parents’ Tibetan Terrier through Jesmond Dene, at National Trust locations or along the Northumbrian coastline.

Katie Allen

Katie graduated from Newcastle University in 2016 with a degree in English Literature and Language. She went on to complete her GDL and LPC at the University of Law in Leeds, whilst gaining invaluable paralegal experience. Katie returned to Newcastle to start her training contract with Muckle in September 2019.

Katie is currently sitting in the Real Estate Dispute Resolution team where she will be assisting lawyers on various matters including commercial and residential property disputes.

Outside of work, Katie enjoys walking her dog and socialising with friends. She likes to try new places in Newcastle that she never got round to as a student!

Georgia Sproat

Georgia left her hometown in Kendal to complete her degree in Newcastle before settling in the city to join Muckle as a trainee.

Georgia is currently in her third seat in Banking and Restructuring, where she will be assisting on banking transactions, loans, insolvency and bankruptcy matters and the banking side of corporate transactions. Her first seat was in Corporate, where she assisted on a range of corporate transactions such as asset and share sales, private equity transactions, corporate reorganisations and general company law matters. She then moved into the Construction and Engineering team, where she was involved in various construction and development projects and some construction disputes work as well.

Hailing from the Lake District, it’s no surprise that Georgia loves the great outdoors. Skiing, exploring new places in the North East and walks in the Lakes are among her favourite hobbies. Aside from attempting to walk all of the Wainwrights, Georgia has completed the Keswick to Barrow charity walk twice, hiking all 42 miles in under 11 hours.

 

Kieran O’Donoghue

Another Northumbria University graduate, Kieran is originally from Retford, Nottinghamshire. He says he loves living in Newcastle and, when looking for a training contracts in the region, Muckle always stood out for being a great place to work. Having thoroughly enjoyed his first two seats in Dispute Resolution and Corporate, Kieran is currently in the Commercial team where he assists on a wide range of matters across the team including, data protection issues, sports and charities matters and general commercial contracting.

A keen rugby player, Kieran also loves running, cycling, hitting the gym and generally staying active.

 

Olivia Tindle

After graduating from Newcastle University with a geography degree, Olivia indulged her love for travel before returning home to Redmarshall, a small village in Stockton on Tees, to settle on a career in law.

Since joining Muckle as a trainee, Olivia’s first seat was in the Real Estate team and second in the Corporate team where she worked on a couple of key transactions. Olivia now sits in the Construction and Engineering team where she is assisting with drafting and negotiating contracts, and advising clients on construction disputes.

As well as travel (having visited New Zealand, China and almost every country in Europe), sport is one of Olivia’s main passions in life. She is a trophy-winning hockey player, a triathlete and has been skiing all her life – well, since the age of one. In fact our firm’s sporty culture was one of the main things that attracted Olivia to Muckle. Win! Win!