Durham's Leading Law Firm expands with seven new recruits as part of planned growth strategy


Durham’s leading law firm, Swinburne Maddison LLP (Swinburne Maddison), has expanded with seven new recruits in the last two months and four additional roles still sought in line with its ambitious expansion plans.

The firm, which announced a management reorganisation in April to provide a solid base for further growth, has taken on the new recruits across four departments.

Elly Swinburne, a recently qualified solicitor, joins from a major Newcastle law firm to work in the commercial property team, together with Liam Musgrave who joins as a paralegal.  The pair are a welcome addition to the team and will be working on a wide range of matters, including work for Esh Group and the firm’s many instructions from Atom Bank. 

In an internal appointment, Ashley Patterson, formerly a PA in the corporate and commercial team, has been appointed a trainee solicitor, while Beth Langley joins the same team as secretary.

Grace Ridsdale and Rachael Metcalfe have both been appointed as secretaries within the property team while the administrative department has created two new positions, welcoming Shubana Ali as an administrative assistant and Matt Dobson as an ICT Analyst. 

Both roles are the first in what is expected to be a series of new roles in administration that Swinburne Maddison will be looking to create over the coming years as part of the management team’s strategy to streamline internal procedures and improve the client experience. 

The firm is looking ahead confidently with a clear vision for the future as well as increased agility from its newly formed management team.

Victoria Walton, partner and head of the firm’s commercial property team, said, “As we continue to grow, the significant changes we have made to our management structure will enable us to make decisions more swiftly and improve the speed at which we can adapt to changing market conditions.  At the present time, every team in the firm is incredibly busy, and we are still actively seeking an experienced commercial property lawyer, an experienced commercial property secretary and a legal accounts assistant.”

The firm has seen a huge increase in instructions across several departments, particularly in both its property teams, with the commercial property team servicing the ongoing CBILs and Recovery Loan scheme refinances for Atom and the conveyancing team dealing with an unprecedented upsurge in demand due to the SDLT holiday.  Victoria continues:

“This year there have been so many positive and negative effects for individuals and businesses due to Covid, which are still playing out.  There are increased commercial opportunities for mergers and acquisitions for businesses in the right position and for individuals, there has been a lot of reflection on priorities, leading to a demand for private client and property work.  The difficult negative effects have led to a higher demand for our litigation and employment teams for both individuals and businesses and we see no sign of this slowing any time soon.

“We have also noticed significant benefits from allowing our teams to work flexibly, meaning increased outputs from the business, which in turn has led to the need for these new appointments.

“We are fully committed to building strength and depth across the firm with highly-trained lawyers, operational specialists and promoting from within. Investing in our team through hiring, training and developing exceptional talent is our number one priority.”


Interested in joining our team?

We're always eager to talk to people we believe have the ability, experience and potential to enhance and strengthen our legal services on offer to clients, whether that is as a member of our legal team or support team. 

We are actively recruiting for the positions listed below:


To apply please send your CV and a covering letter to our Practice Manager, Carolyn Beal, at cb@swinburnemaddison.co.uk

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