'One of my best ever decisions'

Haltwhistle area great for raising a family

Miya Mark, assistant solicitor with Cartmell Shepherd based at its Haltwhistle office, says moving to the area was one of the best decisions she has ever made.

Miya, 32, originally from Preston, studied at Durham University before moving on to gain further legal qualifications at Northumbria University.

With Miya working in Haltwhistle and her husband Stuart, 34, an engineer, working in Newcastle, she says the Haltwhistle and Hexham area is a great place to bring up a family - they have 18-month old twins Ellis and Joshua.

Miya says it’s also perfect for family dog walks with their spaniel Skye, with lovely countryside to enjoy in every direction, including direct from the doorstep.


Further afield there are days out throughout Northumberland and over to Newcastle and the north-east coast, or to the Lake District in the west and the Scottish Borders only a short drive away.

In terms of commuting, Miya says the A69 makes anywhere along the Tyne Valley a great place to be, with easy access to Newcastle.

Miya finds it’s an especially easy drive east from Newcastle to Haltwhistle in the morning, and west in the afternoon, as more often than not you will be travelling against the main traffic.

The attractive market town of Hexham, with its cinema and lively arts scene, as well as a vibrant shopping mix of quality independent traders and major high street names and supermarkets, is only 25 minutes from Haltwhistle.

Miya, who has worked with Cartmell Shepherd since joining as a trainee solicitor in 2010, is part of a seven-strong team based at the Haltwhistle office.

She is keen to stress that Haltwhistle is also a great place to build your career, with complex, challenging and rewarding work, to rival any similar city role.

This means that you can continue to advance your successful career here which, combined with all the benefits that living in a rural community brings, makes it the perfect choice for many.

“Working here suits someone who likes to be part of the community. I take my dog to work and on dog walks at lunchtime I will often see clients to stop and talk to.

“It means that you end up getting to know your clients really well. And that means while you might have started off helping a family or an individual in one area of their life, you end up advising them on a whole range of issues, which is very rewarding,” says Miya.


“Working for Cartmell Shepherd in Haltwhistle provides the support of a large  firm whilst having the day to day, work-life balance that living in this beautiful part of the world brings.”

Cartmell Shepherd now has an exciting opportunity for a Private Client Solicitor to join its team based at its office in Haltwhistle, on a full-time, permanent basis.

The role, available immediately, will find you working in one of the region’s top law firms in a supportive team environment where your contribution is valued and essential.