Top law firm has an opportunity - and there are dozens of reasons why you should apply.

Great job prospects, amazing location, fantastic connectivity - we have #fivereasonwhy Haltwhistle is your next great career move

Haltwhistle is an ideal location to enjoy a great career and a fantastic standard of living which will be the envy of many of your family and friends.

Located in the centre of Britain with excellent road and rail connections, you can explore all the country has to offer in every direction - Hadrian’s Wall and the Northumberland Coast, the Lake District and the Scottish Borders, and all the city attractions of Newcastle.

There’s no major commuting time to worry about, meaning when you’ve done a rewarding day’s work, there’s no delay in getting on with enjoying your leisure time.

Whatever your passion, whether it’s getting active in the great outdoors, or relaxing in one of the area’s highly rated restaurants and pubs, there’s a world of opportunity right on your doorstep.

But don’t just take our word for it, we asked those in the know, those who live and work in the area, why they love it so much, and we thought you’d appreciate it if we shared their knowledge and expertise with you, to give you a head start in making the right career move.

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.

Full details of the role, including how to apply, can be found at, or by contacting

And if you want to find out more about the area, check out the #fivereasonswhy website at

#fivereasonswhy Haltwhistle is a great place to be…

  1. It's the Centre of Britain
  2. It is surrounded by the history of Hadrian's Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with outstanding surrounding countryside
  3. It is home to a popular gym and fitness complex and outdoor swimming pool at Haltwhistle Leisure Centre which attracts visitors from far and wide in the summer 
  4. Nestled in the Tyne Valley, it boasts easy and convenient links by road and rail to Carlisle and the Lake District in the west, and Newcastle and the Northumberland coast in the east, with the Scottish Border also within easy reach
  5. Haltwhistle is on the up. The town is on the cusp of a major redevelopment at Hadrian’s Enterprise Park which will see new homes, a hotel and two new restaurants

5 great places to live:

  1. Haltwhistle
  2. Hexham
  3. Brampton
  4. Alston
  5. Tyne Valley villages including Melkridge, Greenhead and Henshaw

5 great pubs/restaurants:

  1. Twice Brewed Inn, Bardon Mill
  2. Milecastle Inn, Haltwhistle
  3. Langley Castle, Haydon Bridge
  4. Walwick Hall, Humshaugh
  5. Centre of Britain Hotel, Haltwhistle

5 great places to walk the dog:

  1. Haltwhistle Burn
  2. Hadrian's Wall
  3. Haltwhistle Riverside path leading to Lambley Viaduct
  4. Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, Bardon Mill (National Trust)
  5. Cawfields on the Military Road, Haltwhistle

5 great days out for the family:

  1. Vindolanda Roman Fort and Roman Army Museum
  2. Housesteads. Bardon Mill
  3. Haltwhistle Open Air Swimming Pool
  4. The Sill, National Landscape Discovery Centre, Once Brewed
  5. Crackers Soft Play, Haltwhistle