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Leeds-based commercial law firm, Tyr Law, has continued its growth with the recruitment of senior associate Marie Bourke.

She has a defendant financial crime practice, and represents those facing investigation by regulators including the FCA, SFO, CPS and HMRC.  She is particularly noted for her expertise in proceeds of crime cases.

Bourke will work alongside Regulatory partner Lyn Dario.

Head of regulatory at Tyr Law, Lyn Dario, said: Marie joins us at an exciting point in the firm’s development. We are now established as a full-service firm offering the highest quality legal service to our clients.

“Marie’s specialist practice will complement my regulatory work, which incorporates HSE, EA and Local Authority enforcement; and she provides us with a skill set which many commercial law firms in the region cannot provide.

“We are attracting top quality work and clients locally, nationally and internationally. We see Marie’s expertise in defendant financial crime as a good fit within our regulatory and wider litigation practice.”

Bourke added: “I am excited to be joining Tyr Law and look forward to working with the outstanding lawyers who make up the team.

“The firm offers a wide range of services, and my work will complement those services by broadening the firm’s offering in respect of advice regarding financial crime and regulation.

“I am passionate about providing a first-class service to my clients to ensure their interests are protected throughout, what can be, a very daunting process.

“I know providing an excellent client service is something which is central to Tyr Law’s ethos and look forward to being a part of the firm’s continuing success.”


Leeds-based law firm Avery Walters has strengthened its property team with the recruitment of solicitor Catherine Baines as head of the Residential Conveyancing team.

Baines has worked in Conveyancing for over 20 years’ and has experience managing teams of conveyancers.

Mica Reittie also joins the team to deal with the increased demand that the firm has experienced in the Residential Conveyancing department.

Managing director, Andrew Parascandolo, said: “Both Catherine and Mica are great additions to the firm. They will work with the existing team to develop the Residential Conveyancing department, which will contribute to the firm’s continued growth, whilst ensuring that we maintain the highest level of service for our clients.

“Further recruitment in the firm’s property teams is planned over the coming months.

“It is an exciting time for Avery Walters, our clients and business partners.”


Gulliver’s Valley has appointed Andy Flowers as its new resort manager.

The Rotherham theme park, which has just celebrated its first anniversary and opened a new ‘Gears’ car themed area, has welcomed Flowers to his new role which will see him have overall responsibility for the 250-acre site including the day-to-day running of the theme park.

He will also play a major part in the future planning and strategy, as the resort looks to develop its offering and build its profile as a leading visitor attraction and events space in the area.

Flowers, 47, who is from Sheffield, has spent his career within the leisure industry and joins from the University of Sheffield where he ran two hotels.

He has also previously worked as a general manager at Hollywood Bowl and as food and beverage manager at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium.

He said: “I’ve spent my whole career within the leisure and hospitality industry, mainly in South Yorkshire, but so far not specifically in a theme park so I’m really excited about this new challenge.

“I’m looking forward to bringing my experience to Gulliver’s and building on the work that has already taken place to drive Gulliver’s Valley on to the next level.

“The scope here is incredible as it’s definitely not just a theme park and we are looking at lots of exciting ways to create a real community hub at this venue and provide a whole host of events and activities.”

Julie Dalton, managing director of Gulliver’s theme park and resorts, said: “Andy joins us at a really exciting time as we look to move into the next phase for Gulliver’s Valley.

“We have had incredible support from the local community so far and are already seeing a positive impact on the economy here with over 120 jobs created so far.

“The pandemic has been a challenge, but we are looking ahead now to maximise the true potential of Gulliver’s Valley.

“We know Andy will be a really valued member of our team and we welcome him to the Gulliver’s family.”