April 29, 2020 @ 7:00 by Steven Hugill
A North East entrepreneurial commercial law firm has expanded into Yorkshire.
Square One Law has opened an office in Leeds.
Bosses say the site offers strong growth potential while complementing existing bases in Newcastle and Teesside.
Seasoned Yorkshire property lawyer Matthew Thompson [pictured] heads the Leeds venture after joining Square One Law as a partner with more than 20 years’ experience.
Most recently leading the property team of a national firm in Leeds, he will work closely with senior partner Ian Gilthorpe and managing partner Gill Hall to grow Square One Law’s new office.
Ian said: “Leeds has been of interest to the firm for some time and Matthew is a class act, so I am delighted that he has joined us to support our growth strategy.
“We believe the Government will deliver on its commitment to invest more into Northern regions, which will create further opportunities.
“Our property team already acts for clients such as Highbridge, Muse Developments, Landid, Marrico, Home Group and Persimmon, so having offices in Newcastle, Teesside and Leeds will allow us to support our clients from three key areas across the North.”
The move into Leeds marks Square One Law’s second significant expansion since it was founded in Newcastle by a team of experienced senior lawyers in 2011.
Having established a strong brand in the Newcastle market through its strategy of building long-term, personal relationships and offering a service delivered to clients by sector specialists, Square One Law opened its second office in Teesside in 2018.
Reflecting on his new role, Matthew said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of growing a Leeds office for Square One Law as a fully integrated part of the firm.
“In recent years, I have aspired to be part of an entrepreneurial legal practice that differentiates itself from its competitors and holds the client and their needs at the centre of its business.
“I have been impressed with the excellent reputation Square One Law has built up and, with our synergy of approach, we will be able to grow our offering within Yorkshire and provide clients with the bespoke service and business relationships they desire.”