A leading North East lawyer has joined an up-and-coming Tyneside firm as an equity partner.
EU and competition lawyer Neil Warwick is now part of the Newcastle-based Square One’s strategic management team, having taken up the role of business development partner.
Mr Warwick specialises in all aspects of competition law, in particular, state aid and EU structural funding and, before joining Square One Law, spent 25 years at Bond Dickinson (previously Dickinson Dees).
He said: “It has been a big decision to leave Bond Dickinson, as I have genuinely enjoyed my years there and will look back with great satisfaction at the growth and development of my career, especially during the Dickinson Dees era.
“I now feel it is the right stage in my life to take on a new challenge.
“What impresses me about Square One Law is their totally different way of doing things. I was attracted to the firm because it has like-minded people who are ambitious and committed to the North East.
“I am flattered to have been offered the business development partner role and look forward to working with the other partners and helping influence the growth of this new entrepreneurial legal business.”
Square One’s senior partner Ian Gilthorpe said: “I am really looking forward to working with Neil.
“He is massively committed to the North East and has great energy and drive. We are delighted that he has chosen to join us and help us develop Square One Law.
“His knowledge and understanding of the region, along with his legal skill set and management experience will undoubtedly help us continue the rapid growth that the firm has seen in the last year.
“Neil will be joining a great team and everyone at the firm appreciates that our growth and success has been completely due to the willingness of our clients to work with us and trust us to consistently deliver the service in a relevant and commercial way.”
Managing partner Alan Fletcher said: “The firm grew by 68% last year and one of our highlights was winning Insider Dealmakers ‘NE Corporate Law Firm of the Year’, so Neil is joining us at a great time as we look to expand further and capitalise on the excellent progress we’ve made as we approach our fourth anniversary.”
Mr Warwick is also known in the North East for his involvement in a variety of regional organisations and business groups including the Service Network, where he had held the position of chair since 2004.
He is also a board member and interim chair of the Northern Business Forum and a board member of the North East LEP’s Business Support Board.
Business strategy consultant Andrew Hoyle added: “Neil joining Square One Law is a significant development in the evolution of the firm.
“His experience in both the commercial and public sectors materially strengthen the firm’s offering and will allow Square One Law to achieve further growth in the marketplace.”