Law firm expands with new Darlington office

A law firm is celebrating its tenth year in business with the opening a new office in Darlington.

Square One Law has opened the new premises, situated in Pioneer Court at Morton Palms.

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 used local businesses to fit out the premises, including Richardson Construction, Frank’s Flooring, Aspire Technology Solutions and project managed by Ian Jackson Consultants.

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

Square One Law was founded in Newcastle in 2011 by senior partner Ian Gilthorpe with a team of experienced senior lawyers and has established a strong brand in the North-East.

As the firm grew it established an office in Stockton at Fusion Hive in 2018, and then in 2020, at the start of the pandemic it saw an opportunity to expand into Yorkshire with the opening of its Leeds office.

“Our growth is down to our clients and the interesting projects we are involved in,” added Ian.

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

Gill Hunter continued: “Fusion Hive at Stockton has provided an excellent base for us for the past three years and we want businesses to see that opening this larger office in Darlington, demonstrates our commitment to the thriving Tees Valley region.”

• Pictured above: Square One Law managing partner Gill Hunter (centre) in front of the new office in Darlington with (left to right) IT consultant Ian Jackson, Justin Godfrey from Aspire Technology Solutions, Jimmy Campbell from Frank’s The Flooring Store and John Richardson and Rob Morley from Richardson Construction.