The North East’s leading independent law firm for businesses, Muckle LLP, has appointed a new HR director to further develop its innovative workplace culture and drive forward its employee engagement.

Nicola Leyden, who lives in Boldon, joins Muckle LLP from global digital partner marketing company Performance Horizon.

Muckle were recently voted one of the best North East companies to work for, speaking about her appointment, Nicola said: “This is a very exciting move for me, Muckle is a law firm with a difference.

“Employee engagement is deeply rooted into their culture and brand values, which is something I am very passionate about.

“If you focus on getting the experience right for your own people, the rest – client engagement, growth and success should follow.

“I’ve known Muckle over the years so when the position came up, I was really interested from the outset.

“From the moment I walked through the door for my first interview, I was made so welcome and I knew I wanted to work here.

“Muckle is renowned for being a great place to work, with down to earth lawyers, strong client relationships, and a real desire to support the local community through its active corporate responsibility programme.

“There are lots of amazing things already going on here and I’ve got lots of ideas about how we can embed our values, build on our culture and continue to support our employees through changing times.

“I’m also looking at maximising the benefits of agile working, continuing with our legal apprenticeships, and taking a fresh approach to the equality and diversity agenda,” she added.

Jason Wainwright, Managing Partner at Muckle LLP, said: “We are a people business so recruiting and developing the right people is so important to us. It’s absolutely crucial.

“We already have a fantastic workplace culture, but we are nevertheless committed to continued improvement.

“It is this evolution which will allow us to maximise the effectiveness of our people, our work and our impact on our local communities.

“I’m particularly delighted that Nicola has joined us at such an exciting time for our business.

“She brings with her a wealth of fresh ideas, an impressive track record and a considerable level of expertise that I’m sure will help us take our culture to the next level.

“I’m confident that, with Nicola at the helm, our workplace culture will go from strength to strength, continuing our heartfelt dedication to doing things differently – the ‘Muckle’ way.”