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Muckle LLP strengthens banking team with new senior appointment

Leading North East law firm, Muckle LLP, has strengthened its Banking and Restructuring team with a senior appointment.

With over 20 years’ experience, project finance lawyer Andrew Coddington joins the firm as Partner and brings with him a wealth of experience acting for both borrowers and lenders, with particular expertise in energy, acquisition and Islamic finance.

With two decades spent acting on countless international power-based developments across Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East, Andrew is channelling his vast experience to bolster the Newcastle-based firm’s already extensive presence across the energy industry.

Andrew said: “Muckle has a great team that has done fantastic energy-related work for some years. And I want to use my experience and knowledge to build on what is already here.

“There aren’t too many project finance specialists in this part of the world, and that is certainly something that sets Muckle apart in the market. Energy cuts right through every aspect of Muckle, from employment, litigation and banking to areas including corporate and real estate.

“All of what we do is collaborative and cohesive, with the engagement, influence, knowledge and skills of everyone here driving things forward – and that is different from other firms. I’m thrilled to join such a forward-thinking firm at such an exciting time and look forward to what the future holds at Muckle.”

The team, led by well-known finance practitioner Louise Duffy, has a reputation acting for lenders and borrowers, with a large client base made up of banks, private equity providers and corporate borrowers.

Louise said: “We’re delighted to have Andrew on board, he brings a wealth of expertise that will help drive our team forward, especially in the energy sector.”

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Louise Duffy Partner and Head of Banking Team and Andrew Coddington Partner, Banking and Restructuring

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About Muckle LLP Muckle is the North East’s leading independent law firm for businesses, with specialist expertise in virtually every area of commercial law, including banking; commercial; corporate; property; construction; employment; dispute resolution; technology; agriculture; intellectual property; registered providers; charities; energy; sports and education law. In 2021 it won Deal of the Year for client deals over and under £10m and corporate partner, Sarah Forster, won Corporate Lawyer of the Year at the Insider North East Dealmaker Awards. It has also won Corporate Law Firm of the Year more than any other law firm. In 2019 it won Property Law Firm of the Year at the Insider North East Property Awards for the 2nd time in 3 years. Broadly considered one of the North East’s best employers, Muckle is ranked 6th in the Journal’s Top 50 North East Places To Work and holds an Investors In People Gold accreditation (2019 – 2022) as well as an Investors In People Health and Wellbeing award and a Gold Better Health at Work Award. Famous for its extensive community work, the law firm is passionate about supporting local causes and has made over £560,000 of charitable grants to North East community projects since it set up its Muckle Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear & Northumberland. Information services provider Experian MarketIQ has found Muckle to be one of the most active North East dealmakers over the last five years. Legal 500 UK and Chambers and Partners UK, the country’s leading legal directories, also rank Muckle top in the region for corporate and commercial legal advice.

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