Newcastle firm Muckle has hired the former head of Eversheds’ North East litigation practice as a partner.
Susan Howe, who was involved in the Bloody Sunday, Harold Shipman and Rosemary Nelson inquiries, arrives at the firm from North East rival Crutes, which she joined as a consultant in June 2009.
Howe joined the Newcastle office of Eversheds from Slaughter and May in 1997, first heading the commercial litigation team and later the firm’s litigation offering in the North East. Her practice focuses on commercial claims and cross-jurisdiction litigation, particularly banking, international trade law and fraud.
Howe said that while Muckle has a “warm, smaller firm feel,” she felt it had ambitions to become “the North East’s litigation practice of choice, which offers an excellent foundation for me to build on”.
Muckle dispute resolution head Stewart Irvine said: “There are very few litigators in the North East with her pedigree so it’s a fantastic coup for Muckle. Susan has a well respected reputation and background that’ll help us establish Muckle as the first port of call for resolving business disputes.”