Sean Garmory

After graduating from Newcastle University and completing his LPC at Northumbria University, Sean completed his training contract in-house at the insurance intermediary BGL Limited, where he had previously worked in Human Resources and then as a paralegal.

On qualification, Sean moved to private practice, specialising in Employment law.

As part of the employment team, Sean advises on a variety of matters ranging from day-to-day advice to employers and drafting employment documentation to support the management of tribunal cases.

Outside of work, Sean is a self-proclaimed jack of all trades when it comes to sport. Although his focus is predominantly on his athletics where he competes in the National Athletics League for the 400m and the 200m sprints.

Zi Chuen Gwi

After graduating from Northumbria University with a degree in Law, Zi then completed her BPTC at the same university and was called to the bar of England and Wales in October 2019. Prior to joining Muckle as a paralegal in November 2021, Zi worked as a contract specialist paralegal at an international company in Bristol.

Zi is experienced in dealing with commercial contracts and as part of the construction team, Zi is providing support and assistance to the team including reviewing and drafting various construction documents.

In her spare time, Zi enjoys doing yoga and cooking delicious food with her husband. Zi is a good host and likes to have friends over to try her food.

Matthew Brady

Matthew sits in our Dispute Resolution Team having joined Muckle LLP in November 2021. Prior to joining Muckle Matthew trained at a local North East firm specialising in all manner of civil litigation work and also worked for a North East Local Authority where he provided in-house advice in relation to all things contractual and procurement.

Matthew has expertise in all manner of contract disputes whether small value or larger high court disputes. Breach of contract claims, restrictive covenant claims, intellectual property and shareholder disputes are also areas that he has advised on. Having worked in the public sector Matthew has experience in the procurement sector advising on all manner of contracts and ensuring that the procurement process was followed correctly. This perfectly places him to advise not only contracting authorities but also any companies that are engaging with the public sector procurement process and need advice.

Being born and raised in the North East, Matthew is keen to support and assist all companies and individuals in the North East in relation to any dispute matter they may have. Being an avid traveller himself though, a national client base is always something he is looking to expand. Matthew’s clients have described him as being professional and approachable who delights in speaking in non-legal talk and ensuring that a commercial approach is also taken to any matter.

In his spare time, Matthew will be found on the golf course as he is an avid golfer and runs a local junior team, plus sits on the Durham County Junior County Committee. The junior team is a huge place of pride for Matthew given that they became national champions in 2021. Outside of golf Matthew is a massive movie fan and is a budding NFL fan too! His ambition in his personal life is to travel around as much of the world as possible having already completed 22% of it. Next up is South America.

Kitija Martinsone

Originally from Latvia, Riga Kitija moved to the UK in 2013. After completing her non-law undergraduate degree at the University of Sunderland she decided to pursue her aspiration of becoming a legal professional by enrolling to study LLM in Commercial Law and International Trade in 2016.

After graduating with a Merit in Law, Kitija gained legal experience within various criminal and commercial/corporate departments before joining Muckle LLP as a banking and restructuring paralegal in November 2021. She will be assisting with the banking side of corporate transactions, loans and insolvency. Kitija is currently studying with NALP (National Association of Licensed Paralegals) and is a member of the National Paralegal Register.

In her free time, Kitija loves spending her time with family and friends as well as travelling abroad – she usually visits 3-4 countries a year (when possible) and always tries to visit somewhere new. Kitija speaks 4 languages – Latvian, Lithuania, Russian and English.

Rachel Templeman

Rachel assists in residential matters including possession proceedings, access injunctions, boundary disputes, and adverse possession matters. She also helps with commercial property matters such as dilapidations claims, lease renewal proceedings, commercial rent arrears recovery and dealing with forfeiture.

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 contract 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.

 

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.

Jaxson Hind

Jaxson was born down south but grew up on the coast of North Tyneside. He graduated from Northumbria University with a law degree in 2019 before settling in the city to join Muckle as a trainee.

Jaxson’s first seat is in the corporate team where he assists on various matters involving share and asset sales, private equity investments, corporate restructuring, and company law and compliance issues. He is looking forward to learning more about these areas.

In his spare time, Jaxson enjoys a range of sport activities. He plays basketball, 5-A-Side football, and used to practice Mixed Martial Arts (kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) before deciding to enjoy more relaxing sports! He also likes to keep fit by going to the gym and running to compensate for his big appetite. Aside from this, Jaxson also enjoys reading a good book and visiting the coast to catch up with his friends and family.

 

Eaden Hardcastle

Eaden studied law at Newcastle University and also completed a year abroad living in Trento, Italy where her focus was European law. After graduating, she moved back to her family home in Suffolk where she completed her Masters. However she always knew that she wanted to move back to the North East to complete her training.

Eaden is currently sat in her first seat in Corporate, where she is assisting on a range of transactions and general company law matters.

Eaden’s year abroad means she has developed a love for travelling and has been to most countries in Europe. Eaden also loves cooking, reading and has a great interest in true crime (books and podcasts).

Craig Harvey

After completing his MLaw degree at Northumbria University, Craig worked as a Research Assistant for the University focusing on graduate skills and legal technology. He then went on to work as an employment paralegal at another Newcastle-based firm before joining Muckle.

It was the friendly and supportive culture coupled with strong commercial credentials that brought Craig to Muckle. He was also keen to get involved in the range of firm activities that are offered alongside work, in particular the Muckle Runners.

For Craig’s first seat in the firm, he has joined the Real Estate team. Craig assists the team with various areas of practice within commercial property, including reviewing and drafting leases, providing property support for ongoing corporate transactions and undertaking land registry work.

Away from work, Craig enjoys visits to the lake district where he can be found attempting to hike up all of the Wainwrights and wild camping in the warmer months. He’s also a keen runner, enjoys playing squash with friends and loves watching the Scottish rugby team play at Murrayfield (mainly when they’re winning).