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Square One Law to open Darlington office amid hoped-for economic boom


Newcastle legal firm Square One Law is opening a new office in Darlington as it aims to take advantage of new economic activity in the area.

The new office, situated in Pioneer Court, at Morton Palms, reflects the firm’s growing client base in the Tees Valley and comes after it opened a Teesside office in 2018.

A number of professional services firms are targetting growth in the Tees Valley after a string of major Government investments in the area to back the area’s mayor Ben Houchen.

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Last week accountancy firm MHA Tait Walker announced significant investment into its Stockton office.

Square One Law managing partner Gill Hunter said: “Having successfully established a Leeds office last year, we see the new Darlington office being perfectly placed for good communication links between our Newcastle and Leeds operations.

“The growth in our Tees Valley client base and government jobs announcements, put Darlington and the Teesside firmly at the centre of the levelling up agenda, in addition to Teesport having been granted freeport status and the development of an international airport with regular flights to London.”

Square One Law was founded in Newcastle in 2011 by senior partner Ian Gilthorpe with a team of experienced senior lawyers. It opened a second office at Stockton’s Fusion Hive in 2018, and last year expanded into Yorkshire with the opening of a site in Leeds.

Mr Gilthorpe said: “Our growth is down to our clients and the interesting projects we are involved in.

“On Teesside we have recently advised Billingham-based Able UK on the Group’s creation of an £450m offshore wind hub on the Humber, the SEH Wind subsidy control report for a £350m monopile manufacturing facility, which is also on the Humber, and also acted for management on the sale of Stockton-based px Group.”

Square One Law used a number of local businesses to fit out the premises, including Richardson Construction, Frank’s Flooring and Aspire Technology Solutions. The scheme was project managed by Ian Jackson Consultants.

The firm is leasing the building from Care Matters (Homecare) Ltd, which also occupies a neighbouring office at Pioneer Court.

Stuart Keegan, senior surveyor at Hagen Developments, which owns Pioneer Court, said: “We are really pleased to welcome such a prestigious and entrepreneurial law firm like Square One Law to Pioneer Court. I’m certain that this prime location fits in with the firm’s strategy to grow its business in the Tees Valley.”

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