Former Muckle chief joins Eversheds partnership

Former <a class=Muckle chief joins Eversheds partnership” />Muckle’s former chief Ian Gilthorpe has resurfaced at Eversheds after retiring from the Newcastle firm in April.

Gilthorpe led Muckle for 20 years, serving as managing partner from 1986 to 2002 and as senior partner from 2002 to 2007. He is set to join Eversheds’ Newcastle office as a partner in September to focus on developing the firm’s relationships with North East corporate clients.

He said: “It is essential for clients to have access to a law firm that not only performs strongly in the local marketplace, but one that can also call upon the resource, experience and contacts of an international law firm.”

Over the years Gilthorpe has been instrumental in transforming Muckle from a small local firm into the largest of Newcastle’s second tier players with a turnover of around £10m.

Muckle’s current senior partner Hugh Welch declined to comment on Gilthorpe’s new role.

The three biggest Newcastle firms – Dickinson Dees, Ward Hadaway and Watson Burton – have been looking beyond of Newcastle in recent years: Dickinson Dees has opened in York and London; Ward Hadaway recently opened in Leeds (as reported 11 July); and Watson Burton has offices in Leeds and London. Muckle, on the other hand, remains focused on the Newcastle market.