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A top tech talent and five new fee earners are the latest in a series of appointments at a leading North East corporate and commercial law firm.

Chris Kewin brings more than three decades of expertise to his new role as IT manager at Newcastle-based Mincoffs Solicitors, while the firm has also welcomed two solicitors, two trainee solicitors and a paralegal to its growing team.

With experience in a range of sectors including health, education, event management and sports marketing, and travel and tourism, Chris has taken on a wide variety of roles in the IT industry over the years – designing, implementing, and supporting successful delivery of a number of large-scale projects.

At Mincoffs, Chris will taking a key position in the business’ existing tech committee and work across the nine fee earning departments to deliver a strategic IT offering which aids and complements the needs of the growing firm.

Elsewhere in the business, solicitor Alicia MacRae has joined the commercial services department following the completion of her training contract at the Newcastle office of a transatlantic firm, while the private client team has expanded with the appointment of newly qualified solicitor Amy Tunnicliffe and the promotion of paralegal Tamsin Mennell.

The firm has built on its reputation for investing in future talent with two of its former paralegals accepting training contracts with the firm, with Alex Fitton taking up his first seat in the dispute resolution department and Joshua Carr commencing his training with the real estate team.

The new roles are part of the firm’s ongoing growth strategy, with multiple appointments across the last year including chief operating officer Julie Parr, residential conveyancing solicitors Lisa Bucknall and Claire Devapal, senior marketing and PR executive Bronia McGregor, digital marketing executive Chelzi Graham, and solicitors Grace Hughes and Becky Stafford qualifying into the corporate and residential conveyancing teams respectively.

Senior partner and head of corporate, Paul Hughes, is confident the appointments will bolster the team.

“It’s fantastic to welcome a trio of new staff to the firm across both our commercial and private client offering, while three of our existing staff advance to new stages in their careers at Mincoffs,” he said.

“Mincoffs is a firm which is passionate in investing in its people and we are delighted to be in a position to expand our services across the firm through both external recruitment and internal progression opportunities.

“I have no doubt that that the new staff will prove an asset to their teams and I look forward to seeing them succeed in their new roles.”

Mincoffs Solicitors has provided expert legal services and advice across the North East and beyond for 75 years.

Alongside corporate and commercial services, the firm’s offering includes real estate, dispute resolution, employment law, licensing and gaming, residential conveyancing, family law and wills, probate and trusts.

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