Specialist North East employment law firm Collingwood Legal has boosted its senior team by recruiting one of the region’s most highly-regarded solicitors as a new partner for the practice.
Paul Johnstone has more than 20 years’ experience of resolving complex and challenging employment-related disputes, and has joined Newcastle-based Collingwood after previously being a partner with Muckle LLP.
A graduate of Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, Paul worked in both public and private sector organisations before embarking on his legal career.
He has an impressive track record of providing strategic and operational advice around planning, devising and implementing successful organisational change programmes, and is a knowledgeable and skilled adviser as well as an accomplished employment tribunal advocate.
Paul Johnstone said: “The exciting vision of how Collingwood Legal is going to build on its successes to date made the decision to join the firm an easy one for me.
“Modern law firms have to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of their clients’ operations, business strategies and the commercial realities their clients face if they are to successfully deliver the high quality, expert advice that those organisations need to prosper and grow.
“It’s exciting to have the chance to contribute to the continuing development of a fresh, dynamic and innovative modern law firm like Collingwood Legal which has the core values of skill, knowledge, transparency and excellence at the heart of the services it provides to its clients.
Collingwood Legal is a relationship-based practice which advises some of the region’s largest businesses and organisations on all aspects of employment law, as well as a growing number of clients elsewhere in the UK.
It is already the only North East firm have four practitioners recommended for their employment law expertise in the latest edition of the legal industry’s primary reference guide, The Legal 500.
Collingwood Legal founder and principal Paul McGowan adds: “I’ve known Paul for many years, and he is passionate about providing an excellent service to clients on all aspects of employment and equality law.
“He has a first class reputation for fighting conscientiously to always achieve the best results for clients, and bringing him into the Collingwood team is a real coup for us
“Our industry reputation and client base is continuing to grow both inside and outside the North East, and having Paul on board will further enhance the quality and breadth of services we’re able to offer.”