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Swinburne Maddison continues to build headcount

With a commitment to building its legal teams to ensure that clients are guaranteed an excellent service and experience, Durham City’s leading law firm, Swinburne Maddison LLP (Swinburne Maddison) has welcomed four new faces to its dispute resolution team.


These appointments bring the total headcount in the fastest growing team in the firm to twenty including 14 lawyers, two partners and four secretaries with two more lawyers on the way.

The recent new recruits comprise three solicitors, Sarah Laird, who qualified in April 2020 and joins from a Newcastle law firm with four years of experience in civil litigation and Kaye Cunningham, who qualified in November 2023. Kaye has been working at a Middlesbrough law firm and brings property litigation experience.

The third new appointment, Liam Musgrave, recently qualified as a solicitor into the dispute resolution team following a two-year period of training at Swinburne Maddison.  He joined the firm in 2021 as a paralegal in the commercial property team, gaining valuable experience on which he will be able to draw when working on property litigation matters.

Finally, Adam McWilliams commenced his training contract with Swinburne Maddison this month, having joined the firm as a paralegal in the residential property team in 2022 before moving into the dispute resolution team.  Here, Adam will begin his training, working across all litigation matters.

Adam’s appointment as a trainee means Swinburne Maddison will have five trainees well on the way to becoming qualified lawyers. 

These four appointments have been made not only as a key part of Swinburne Maddison’s strategic growth, but also reflect the continuing demand for the firm’s expertise in the field of litigation and dispute resolution.  


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