Alex Craig

Alex is a commercial legal specialist and head of our commercial team. Known for her expertise in data protection, intellectual property, technology and contract law, and recognised by Legal 500 UK as a ‘Leading Individual’, Alex assists a wide range of clients from the largest international brand owners to SMEs.

Her clients operate across a diverse number of industries including technology, sports, leisure, entertainment and manufacturing and include The Caribbean Premier League, Arbor Education, Simpsons Malt and Mandata.

Alex has over 20 years’ experience advising clients and, with the implementation of GDPR, has developed the firm’s offering in the space and is lead for data protection.

She supports clients with policies and procedures, subject access requests, breaches and compliance concerns as well as supplying training and running a quarterly round-up.

Rhiannon Hastings

Rhiannon studied Law LLB at the University of Lincoln. She continued her studies at the University of Law where she completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Rhiannon joined our Data Protection team in May 2022 as a paralegal where she provides support and assistance to clients on a range of legal matters including drafting data protection and privacy policies as well as providing assistance to clients receiving Subject Access Requests (SAR).

Rhiannon formerly worked at IAmSold as a Conveyancing Paralegal within their legal department, Medway Law and previously volunteered at Citizens Advice as a General Advisor during her studies at University.

In her spare time, Rhiannon enjoys boxing, surfing and socialising.

Andrew Coddington

Recognised by Legal 500 as a Key Lawyer, Andrew recently returned to England from Oman where he was part of a market-leading banking practice.

‘Andrew Coddington is knowledgeable and always delivers high-quality advice. It is always a pleasure working with Andrew.’ Legal 500

Having qualified with the Law Society of England and Wales (2003) then the British Virgin Islands Bar Association (2012 – now non-practising), Andrew has practiced in London, Russia, the British Virgin Islands and Oman.

He has substantial banking and finance experience, having represented both borrowers and lenders on Islamic finance transactions, bank-to-bank finance deals, real estate finance deals and ship and aviation finance transactions.

His real main area of expertise however is project, acquisition and trade finance. Andrew has worked on a variety of project financings, including a large-scale refinery project, power and water projects, desalination projects and an iron and steel production facility. With a strong interest in green energy, Andrew has worked on solar, hydrogen and wind projects. His trade financing experience includes oil and gas, minerals, metals, diamonds, wood, and coffee, among other commodities.

Outside of work Andrew is kept busy with his 5 children. When he does get a moment to himself, he’s a keen cricket fan.

Josh McFarlane

Josh studied law in Bristol before returning to his North East roots where he has worked in-house, picking up a variety of legal experience before joining Muckle in May 2022.

Josh has recently completed the Solicitors Qualifying Exams and is hoping to qualify later this year and begin his career as a solicitor. Until then he is gaining a wealth of experience by providing support and assistance to the Real Estate team.

In his spare time, Josh is a big Newcastle United Fan and has a passion for winter sports; ice climbing or skiing when the weather permits.

Laura Keegan

Laura has 13 years experience in the insolvency sector, acting for insolvency practitioners, claims funders, creditors, and directors.

She was educated at King’s College, Cambridge and BPP Manchester before returning to Newcastle to train with a local firm before moving in-house at a local insolvency practice. Laura knows the actual extent of the work and man-hours involved in running an insolvency practice; that might be why she’s developed a reputation amongst clients as being able to cut through the noise and get to the point quickly!

Laura is one of the very few practitioners in the North East who has built a specialism in contentious insolvency, both in the personal insolvency and corporate insolvency context and has acted for a number of insolvency practitioners both regionally and nationally. She has also advised directors in the context of the liquidation of companies and their consequent duties, as well as advising creditors through the insolvency process and making the process clear and understandable.

Laura is able to bring commercial awareness to proceedings and ensure a quick, cost-effective and satisfactory resolution for the parties involved.

Laura is quickly building a reputation in non-contentious advisory and transactional work and is known for her technical knowledge and practical approach.

Gillian Scribbins

The legal profession wasn’t always what inspired Gillian. She worked on a number of magazines after gaining her Masters in Journalism and was heading for a career in broadcasting. But while working her way up at the BBC, in its Rights, Legal and Business Affairs team, she uncovered that law really piqued her interest.

Gillian had a tremendous time living in London, working in the media industry but decided home was where her heart was, moving back to her native Newcastle to become a solicitor.

After a brief time working in the in-house legal services team for Northumbria University, Gillian joined the Commercial team at Muckle in 2018 while completing her law studies, advising clients across all sectors on data protection. Gillian started her training contract in September 2020 in the Construction and Engineering team, then moved into Corporate before joining the Banking and Restructuring team, and is currently working in Dispute Resolution.

Multi-talented Gillian has also taught English professionally, has been a chalet host in the Alps, bakes, skis, jogs, and does yoga in her free time, and is happiest when settled down with a good book or outside in the fresh air.



Charlotte Patterson-Ryan

After deciding that a career as a post-doctoral research associate in Molecular Biology whilst fun, was not actually her dream job, Charlotte re-trained as a lawyer and spent the first twelve years of her legal career practicing law in the North-East working in agriculture, farms, and estates sector.

Charlotte is experienced in all areas of agricultural law. Specialising in rural property and landed estates has brought breadth to Charlotte’s overall practice and lends weight to her ability to deal with issues arising from such diverse property portfolios – including complex first registrations, estate sales, mineral leases, options, conditional contracts, commercial leases and all types of agricultural tenancies. Her clients vary from institutional landowners, private individuals, farmers, charities, and banks and she has also held a key role as legal advisor to several multi-disciplinary trustee teams on landed estates across the entirety of England and Wales.

Charlotte also specialises in secured lending transactions involving rural property and has been appointed by numerous banks to provide their separate representation in multiple multimillion-pound refinancing deals. Security taken has included prime real estate in London, working equine facilities, farms held under multiple agricultural occupancies, quarries, land subject to HS2 arrangements, and commercial properties. Charlotte is renowned for her collaborative approach, her ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with all parties within the financial transaction matrix, and her ability, in conjunction with her banking colleagues, to deliver cost-effective specialist financial advice for refinancing and acquisition purposes.


Charlotte has been consistently highly-ranked in both the Legal 500 and Chambers.

Ryan Douglas

Ryan studied Law at The University of Leeds and after graduating, moved back to Northumberland where he worked as a Legal Consultant for an alternative legal services provider in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Ryan works as a Paralegal within Muckle’s Education Department. He assists on a range of matters including academy conversions, trust transfers, and other commercial agreements.

When he’s not at work, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family and loves a night out with his friends.

Kieran Woonton

Venturing up north away from his home town in West Sussex, Kieran graduated from Northumbria University with a law degree in 2021, but not before taking up full time work as a legal assistant in 2020 for a small energy consultancy in South Tyneside. There, Kieran headed up a legal department composed exclusively of himself, taking care of all things legal – though predominantly in commercial contracts and employment law.

He joins the construction team at Muckle to provide support and assistance to the team, including drafting construction documents, helping to manage construction files, and conducting legal research.

In his free time, Kieran is a keen footballer for Saturday League outfit Benton FC and he plays snooker weekly (and weakly, for his highest ever break is only 32).

Kate Rickett

Kate first joined Muckle in August 2014 as a paralegal in the Corporate Team. After 6 months travelling the world, Kate returned to Muckle as a trainee and completed her training contract, and qualified into the Real Estate team in April 2017.

Kate’s role involves acting for a range of different clients including banks, investors, landlords and tenants across all different sectors, including retail, office, charitable, distribution and manufacturing.  Within these sectors, Kate deals with lettings and acquisitions and disposals of freehold and leasehold interests. Kate also enjoys the project work which she is often involved in when assisting her colleagues in the Corporate Team on the real estate aspects of their corporate transactions (including acquisitions, disposals, investments, MBO’s and IPO’s).

Kate of course enjoys her free time, and spends most of it running, or on long walks with her husband and miniature Goldendoodle, Barney. When not running and walking, Kate enjoys spending time with her family in her home village of Tynemouth, and her husband’s family in Norfolk and London.