Jenny Wade

Jenny has studied and worked in the North East for most of her life. Her experience spans a broad range of commercial, digital and technology legal matters including IT outsourcing, strategic partnerships, collaboration/alliance agreements, framework agreements, trading agreements and terms and conditions.

Jenny also advises clients on all aspects of data protection compliance, including service level agreements, and is experienced in assisting organisations with ICT public procurement.  She has also advised on complex IT interface requirements while helping a client negotiate a series of vital contracts of national importance.

Away from the office, Jenny devotes most of her time to her two young children, taking them to countless birthday parties, classes and activities. And while multi-lingual Jenny, who speaks French, Spanish, Czech and Polish, never likes to blow her own trumpet, she does enjoy playing a variety of musical instruments whenever time allows.

Jenny Wade

Jenny has studied and worked in the North East for most of her life. Her experience spans a broad range of commercial matters including IT outsourcing, data protection, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, collaboration/alliance agreements, framework agreements, trading agreements and terms and conditions.

Jenny also advises clients on their services and goods contracts, with particular expertise in helping clients establish high value, long-term contractual relationships, adapt contracts and make efficiencies under their contractual arrangements.

Having advised a variety of public and private sector clients on choice of procedure, applicable contract terms and exemptions, Jenny has a wealth of experience in all public procurement matters.

Away from the office, Jenny devotes most of her time to her two young children, taking them to countless birthday parties, classes and activities. And while multi-lingual Jenny, who speaks French, Spanish, Czech and Polish, never likes to blow her own trumpet, she does enjoy playing a variety of musical instruments whenever time allows.

Christian Swinburne

Looking after clients’ legal issues is in Christian’s blood, being the sixth generation of Swinburnes to practise law in the North East. Save for a short stretch in London, he’s worked in the region all his life.

Christian looks after various estates and families, providing advice across the spectrum of agriculture, rural property and private client spheres.

He believes in getting to know his clients, their businesses and their families so he can really understand their needs and provide practical solutions that fit the bill.

Christian is married to Rachel and has three almost grown up children. He feels blessed to live in the middle of the Northumbrian countryside surrounded by animals and particularly his beloved peacocks.

When not spending time with his family, Christian confesses he can be found in the garden spending a little too much time attached to his lawnmower.

Sara Mullen

Sara joined Muckle in February 2019 as a newly qualified corporate lawyer, after completing her training contract at another firm in Newcastle.

As part of the Corporate Team she assists with the various projects and corporate transactions they have going on such as carrying out due diligence exercises, disclosure exercises and drafting transactional documentation.

In her free time away from the office, Sara’s main hobbies include keeping fit and also travelling. Growing up in the Middle East has meant that she has been fortunate enough to see a lot of exciting places from Singapore to South Africa, however her feet still itch and Sara can’t wait to plan her next adventure (annual leave dependant of course!).

Katie Barrett

Katie joined Muckle in 2016 as an apprentice in our Business Services team. Katie worked in that team for two years where she studied business administration and achieved level 3. In February 2018 Katie progressed to our Debt Recovery team where she is able to apply her business administrations skills to the debt-recovery procedure for our clients.

Katie is trained on our debt recovery case management system (Liberate) and her duties include: monitoring debtor payments, issuing letters before claim, issuing proceedings, instructing enforcement officers and negotiating and problem solving where necessary. Katie is working towards a recognised Debt Recovery qualification.

James Anderson

James was first introduced to the world of trademarks when he joined the Commercial team as a personal assistant back in 2016. Inspired by his experiences, James trained as a trademark paralegal and is now able to advise on new registrations (both domestic and international), cost-effective but comprehensive protection strategies for your brand, opposition and cancellation queries and a myriad of other trademark issues.

James handles all the record-keeping and administration involved in looking after over 1,000 trademarks and does so with a smile. If you have a question or need assistance with your trademark issues, please drop him a line.

In his spare time James loves to write and is a successfully published author, with three books under his belt and a fourth on the way. Common decency and his inexhaustible sense of modesty prevents us from naming the books, but he assures everyone that he’s sold more than eighteen copies.

Tom Justice

After training with the firm Tom qualified into a role across our Commercial and Employment teams in September 2016.  While Tom works on a wide range of commercial agreements and both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, he also forms part of our Education, Charities and Sports teams.

Although he loves working here in the North East, Tom remains a proud Yorkshireman at heart. Despite this, he is a big fan of rugby union (not league) and when he isn’t watching international matches and tournaments he can often be found running through Jesmond Dene; one of his favourite places in the world!

James Pierce

James joined Muckle as a solicitor in June 2016 to focus on contentious construction work. Prior to that he worked at a city firm, where he completed his training contract.

In his career to date, James has been involved in a range of contractual disputes arising out of construction and engineering projects (sometimes with an international element) and has assisted clients in a number of cases in the Technology & Construction Court. James also has experience dealing with commercial disputes more generally, including professional negligence and breach of warranty claims. He is familiar with the various forms of alternative dispute resolution and has helped clients prepare for a number of mediations.

James enjoys the analytical nature of contentious work as well as the variety of matters with which the team comes into contact. Outside work James’ enjoys music (playing and listening), restaurants and catching up with friends.

Alex Blenkinsop

As an experienced litigator, Alex has been involved with high court claims in relation to high value breach of warranty claims and negligent advice.  She also has advised on breach of loan terms and the mis-sale of financial products, claims about tax avoidance schemes, cross-jurisdictional distribution agreements, intellectual property issues and debt recovery owing under foreign guarantees and judgments.

On top of all this, Alex has experience assisting with employment tribunal and high court claims, not to mention breach of contract and negligence claims for individuals and SMEs.

As an associate member of ACTAPS (the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists), Alex is also one of very few North East lawyers truly qualified to advise on disputes over trusts, estate administration and inheritance issues.  So when it comes to experience in dispute resolution, Alex has certainly covered some ground.

Speaking of covering ground, fitness enthusiast Alex has completed numerous half marathons, marathons and leads our running club – the Muckle Runners.  In what’s left of her spare time, Alex also enjoys cooking, eating out, walking her dog along Northumberland’s incredible coastline and travelling abroad as often as she can.

Kelly Jordan

Thanks to her appetite for all aspects of contentious and non-contentions insolvency work, Kelly has worked with all the major UK clearing banks, insolvency practitioners, LPA Receivers and corporate entities. This she has done both regionally and nationally, and on a wide range of insolvency and restructuring issues, including a secondment to The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC’s Global Restructuring Group.

This experience has helped her gain particular expertise in non-contentious advisory and transactional work, such as advising lenders on the validity and enforceability of their security, acting on numerous pre-pack administrations, and advising directors on their duties in a distressed/insolvent business. In addition, she has also advised creditors and landlords in connection with their rights and remedies for the protection of assets and recovery of monies due to them, both pre- and post-insolvency.

Kelly’s other appetite is for food, all food – whether it’s cooking, eating out, or watching cookery programmes, but especially when it’s shared with friends and family. If she had to choose, Kelly says that ‘Come Dine with Me’ is probably her favourite cookery show, with the key ingredient being Dave Lamb’s narration.