Fast-growing North Yorkshire law firm, Newtons Solicitors, has launched an office in York.
The firm has acquired the two-storey, 1,300 sq ft premises at Maple House, Wykeham Road, Northminster Business Park, on a 200-year-lease, creating its fourth office, alongside bases in Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon.
Acquisition of the new offices was supported by Santander Corporate Banking, Leeds.
Property solicitor, John Paice, has joined Newtons, as a director, from York practice, Guest Walker & Co on The Shambles, where he worked for six years, to lead the new office. As well as specialising in commercial and residential property, John Paice also works on debt enforcement and property management company issues.
John Paice said:
I’m delighted to join Newtons Solicitors to open the firm’s new office. York is a dynamic and exciting business area and, once we have settled in, we will recruit more York lawyers to our team.
Newtons’ founder and managing director Christopher Newton said:
A York office has been on our wish list for some time and we are delighted that it is now a reality.
We already have a good client following in York and opening an office will help us to grow considerably. I believe that our straightforward, down-to-earth approach will go down well in York and I’m looking forward to seeing the business expand further. Santander was proactive in putting the deal together and pushing it through quickly and were good banking partners to work with.
Newtons has also appointed York property lawyer, Sally Robinson, who will work out of the firm’s Knaresborough office. Sally Robinson, who joins from York law firm, Denison Till, where she was a partner, gained her law degree at Cambridge University and trained in the City of London. She has more than 20 years’ experience dealing with a wide range of property matters for clients across Yorkshire.
Sally Robinson said:
I’m excited to join Newtons and see a very good future for the firm. The dynamism and energy in the business is refreshing.
Managing director of Northminster Limited, George Burgess, added:
Northminster is a diverse and attractive business park with good road links and we are pleased to have reached agreement with Newtons and welcome them to our business community.
The 18-acre Northminster Business Park, a former distribution facility, was acquired in 1995 and has been developed to become the base for more than 40 local, national and international businesses employing a total of 500 staff.
Newtons, which generated 75 per cent growth in the 12 months up to December 2012, has a team of 26 people across its offices and has further expansion plans particularly to the North of the county and Teesside.