Originally from York, Zoe studied History at Newcastle University before completing the GDL and LPC courses at Northumbria University. By then she already knew that she wanted to establish a career for herself in Newcastle and felt that Muckle stood out from other law firms because of its reputation in terms of the quality of the commercial work undertaken, and the friendly ethos it embodied. These were, she says, qualities that were reaffirmed to her throughout the application process and in particular, the vacation scheme.
As a history graduate Zoe was concerned that her lack of legal training might disadvantage her, but she was quickly reassured to learn that at Muckle we actually assess each candidate on an individual basis to see what skills they can bring to the Firm. The vacation scheme was, Zoe says, a fun and challenging experience, and it gave her a genuine insight into the life of being a Trainee. Throughout the week she was given ‘real’ work from a variety of teams, and she was thrilled that people took the time to give her feedback, which made the whole thing a great experience from a learning perspective.
Zoe started her training contract with the Firm in September 2011, doing seats in Banking, Real Estate, Employment and Corporate. Encouraged to take ownership of her work and get involved with all types of transactions, she found being a Trainee here rewarding and engaging, while the real client contact she had enabled her to learn how advice and excellent service is delivered.
Having qualified into the Banking Team in September 2013, Zoe assists by acting for a range of national banks, corporate borrowers and individual borrowers on all aspects of finance and security, including new lending, refinancing, restructuring and enforcement of security.
She says she really enjoys working at Muckle as she really feels part of a team, working towards a goal on an individual, team and Firm level. Zoe also believes that the Firm has a fantastic social and community spirit which encourages everyone to get involved and support all charity, community and social events.
As a result this is, she kindly claims, a lovely place within which to work and establish a career. If only she could one day go to a grand prix and see the McLaren team in the flesh life would, apparently, be complete for Zoe.