Muckle LLP Strengthens Its Expert Litigation Capability

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Muckle LLP Strengthens Its Expert Litigation Capability


LEADING North East commercial law firm Muckle LLP is enhancing its client services by growing its expert litigation capability.

The commercial dispute resolution group is headed by partner Stewart Irvine. His team comprises a number of highly experienced partners, all with expertise in specialist areas of dispute resolution and the handling of commercial contentious matters.

Stewart has been with Muckle LLP since 1996 and has a wealth of experience in commercial and contractual dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, intellectual property disputes and professional negligence claims.

Stewart is rated in Chambers for his ability to "grasp complex technical concepts" and the team is described as "very approachable", providing services that "really add value".

Stewart said: "The current economic climate has meant that there has been an increase in dispute work generally. Professional negligence claims have increased as businesses start to consider the impact on their business of wrong or negligent advice provided by various professional advisors, including surveyors, architects, financial advisors or other lawyers.

"We have doubled the income stream from this part of the business over the past few years. The depth and breadth of skill and heavyweight experience within our team allows us to provide legal business solutions for our clients which are second to none."

Susan Howe, who was formerly head of litigation at Eversheds, has just joined Muckle LLP as a partner. She specialises in complex commercial claims and cross-jurisdictional litigation, particularly relating to banking, financial services, documentary credits and international trade law.

She also has specialist experience in disputes arising from fraud, partnership and shareholder agreements, warranty claims, defamation and trade libel.

Kevin Turnbull, partner, is widely recognised as a leader in the field of commercial litigation, leading cases such as contractual disputes, fraud and asset recovery, shareholder disputes and partnership disputes. His experience includes working on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry and the Shipman Inquiry and he has recently acted for a consortium of 18 law firms in the region, which had tendered unsuccessfully for family Legal Aid contracts and wanted to overturn the decisions.

Kevin said: "We challenged these decisions on the basis the tender process was unfair and unlawful. The review was successful and the decisions were quashed. The firms now have a continuation of the pre-existing contracts."

Chambers notes Kevin's expertise in contract disputes, partnership and shareholder actions and regulatory litigation and that he is "frank, up-front and provides commercial advice".

Also working within Muckle's specialist litigation team are construction and engineering experts Rob Langley and Tim Craig. In handling a broad range of construction disputes, Chambers states that team members "always play with a straight bat".

Clients value Rob's high level of experience and Tim is praised for his quick turnaround rate and "ability to provide advice in layperson''s terms". …

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