My family moved to the North East when I was five years old. I left the region to attend university and spent a period working in London. But the area soon brought me back and it’s where I’ve been ever since.
After 20 years at Newcastle’s Muckle law firm, I felt ready for new opportunities and a new challenge. Working for a firm which has a strong North East heritage and is true to its roots is really important to me.
Something I love about Bond Dickinson is that it is built around its regional presence. By leveraging its local profile as well as its national and international platform, I am able to help my clients in a number of ways. As a firm, Bond Dickinson offers deep sector experience and expertise, a national footprint and an international support network.
The firm has a substantial number of client relationships which stretch back decades, supporting a number of North East-based businesses including Arriva, Go Ahead and Grainger, as well as representing innovative new businesses such as Atom Bank.
When I joined Bond Dickinson I was pleasantly surprised to find the business was even more connected to the North East than I had first realised. The local relationships are based on trust and the confidence that the team here can deliver the same service a city firm would. The firm has reached its current position by growing with its clients while continuing to build relationships, working with new businesses and new start-ups, helping them grow and develop in the region.
Since joining the firm, I have been lucky to work with colleagues across our national offices. Earlier this year, I also visited the US to meet with Womble Carlyle, our transatlantic alliance partner. I was staggered by the number of international relationships businesses in the North East have with the Carolinas! We’re seeing collaboration on a number of levels, particularly in the automotive manufacturing sector. I was very interested in seeing I-CAR, which was similar to the International Advanced Manufacturing Park in the North East.
I’m looking forward to promoting even more links between the North East and the US. Despite the uncertainty caused by Brexit, there certainly seems to be a lot of opportunities in transatlantic trade deals and our Newcastle office has already had a number of instructions helping inbound US companies looking at investments in the UK.
I’m also looking forward to continuing to spread the word to North East businesses about Bond Dickinson’s corporate and wider legal offering. This past year I have been involved in organising a number of events ranging from roundtables with business leaders to a charity quiz as part of the Snowdogs appeal which we co-hosted with KPMG. I hope to be involved with and support other similar events this year and beyond. Ultimately, I am excited to continue working with businesses from across our fantastic region to help them grow and develop with continued success.