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. Her first seat is in Corporate, where she assists on a range of transactions, including acquisitions and disposals of both shares and assets.

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.  His first seat is in Dispute Resolution, dealing with multiple claims for business interruption insurance and assisting the team on larger commercial disputes.

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 has been kept busy by the Real Estate team, her first seat, assisting with a range of commercial property matters including landlord and tenant issues.

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!

Lydia Stewart

Lydia moved from her home in Northern Ireland (sadly leaving the family dog behind in the process) to study a law degree at Newcastle University, during which Newcastle became her new favourite city. She then went to Leeds to do the Legal Practice Course, before returning to Newcastle to begin her training contract with Muckle in September 2019.

Lydia is currently in her third seat in Construction and Engineering, where she is involved in various construction and development projects and some construction disputes work as well. Her previous seat was in Banking and Restructuring, in which she worked on banking transactions, loans, insolvency and bankruptcy matters and the banking side of corporate transactions. Her seat before that was in Real Estate where she assisted with lease work, commercial property work, real estate corporate support work and development work amongst other things.

In her spare time, Lydia likes being active and particularly enjoys running and golf at the moment. She also loves to bake, sing (both in her flat and in the Muckle Choir), listen to music, hang out with dogs when possible and binge watch Brooklyn 99 on occasion.

 

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 has been kept busy by the Real Estate team, her first seat, assisting with a range of commercial property matters including landlord and tenant issues.

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!

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.  His first seat is in Dispute Resolution, dealing with multiple claims for business interruption insurance and assisting the team on larger commercial disputes.

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

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. Her first seat is in Corporate, where she assists on a range of transactions, including acquisitions and disposals of both shares and assets.

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.

Susan Howe

It was, Susan says, the firm’s impressive dynamism and ethos that made her want to join Muckle in 2010. Since then, she has strengthened the team to reflect her extensive experience in heavyweight multi-party litigation, particularly in large, complex matters, cross-jurisdictional litigation, financial fraud and tracing remedies. Susan spent almost ten years at Slaughter and May in London where she gained particular expertise in banking and international trade law, with wide procedural knowledge, especially in relation to injunctive relief. Having returned to her native North East, as Head of Commercial Litigation at Eversheds in Newcastle she was a lead partner on several high profile public inquiries, including those into Bloody Sunday and Harold Shipman.

Susan has also advised professional indemnity insurance providers, pension fund trustees and manufacturers, and has been acknowledged by Chambers and Partners as a notable practitioner who is ‘very effective’ and ‘has a fine track record in complex commercial disputes,’ with sources noting that she is ‘exceptionally confidence-inspiring.’  Legal 500 has also acknowledged her as a leading individual and as being ‘very practical and straightforward, and someone you want on your side in a dispute.’

Susan’s professional goal is, she’ll tell you, not just to provide a technically excellent dispute resolution service, but also to deliver commercial results. Which is something she believes fits perfectly with the Muckle culture.

Susan has a wealth of experience in the manufacturing sector advising a variety of companies including in the automotive and aerospace industries.  She has represented both claimants and defendants on various contractual disputes arising out of manufacturing agreements and has obtained emergency relief in the UK and internationally for manufacturing clients.  She has also  advised on agency, distribution and franchising agreements, supply chain disputes, joint venture and collaboration agreements.  She also advises on standard terms  of business and public procurement matters.