The North East’s leading independent law firm for businesses, Muckle LLP, has strengthened its wills, trusts and estate planning service with a new appointment to its Private Client team.

Specialist Julie Garbutt has joined Muckle’s Private Client team as senior associate, from where she will be advising some of the region’s leading business owners, senior executives,  professionals and other individuals on all aspects of private client services – including estate planning, wills, succession, inheritance tax, family trusts, powers of attorney and probate.

Julie, who specialises in private client work – especially wills, trusts, and estate planning – has over 20 years’ experience in this field of law, having previously worked at Sintons and Dickinson Dees. Julie is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is a Mencap recommended panel solicitor.

Keith Hately, partner and head of the Private Client team, said: “I am delighted to welcome Julie to Muckle LLP. She is a highly respected private client lawyer and her appointment significantly strengthens our wills, trusts and estate planning service.

“Our Private Client team works very closely with our Corporate, Banking, Real Estate and other in-house teams, and we therefore understand the typical challenges that face business owners and others in this specialist area.

“We aim to provide practical, down to earth, responsive advice and our team is now perfectly positioned to support the region’s business community with their personal legal needs.”

Julie said: “I am delighted to join the Muckle LLP Private Client team and I am very much looking forward to working with everyone.

“Muckle has a superb reputation for providing excellent legal advice built on the quality of its people and the respect it provides to its clients. This is a very exciting opportunity for me to help further build the private client service already on offer,” she added.