Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Your Guide to the Region's Top Lawyers

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Your Guide to the Region's Top Lawyers

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REGIONAL HEAVYWEIGHTS Bond Dickinson LLP, Newcastle Muckle LLP, Newcastle Ward Hadaway, Newcastle Watson Burton LLP, Newcastle Eversheds LLP, Newcastle Hay & Kilner, Newcastle Sintons LLP, Newcastle BOND Dickinson LLP is the product of the merger in May 2013 between Dickinson Dees LLP and Bond Pearce LLP; the former was well-established as the leading regional heavyweight firm in the North East, having long impressed in terms of both size and client base, and the latter had strongholds in both the South East and South West, and an equally enviable client base.

In the North East, the firm is active across all the major practice areas, with particular strength in corporate and commercial, private client and real estate, and attracts high praise from clients; 'none of the usual cliches about lawyers applies to it - it absolutely puts its clients first'.

Muckle LLP is an 'outstanding firm with vision, immense knowledge and a rock-solid core of excellence which runs through the heart of the firm'. From its singleoffice platform, it continues to attract clients and mandates on a regional, national and international basis, with core strengths including corporate, banking and construction.

Managing partner Stephen McNicol remains at the helm, and is widely respected.

Ward Hadaway remains the second-largest firm in the North East, and is cementing its position as a wider regional player since the opening of its offices in Leeds and (in 2012) Manchester. It is a leading presence on the public sector side, across health, education and local government, and also has highly regarded practices in banking and finance and commercial litigation.

Watson Burton LLP followed a difficult 2011 with a challenging 2012, with continued partner departures and arrivals in key practice areas. It still has strongholds in areas such as employment, education and property litigation, and continues to act for marquee clients such as Bellway and WS Atkins across multiple practice areas. …

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