In 2011 Square One Law founding partners Ian Gilthorpe and Alan Fletcher saw an opportunity to create an alternative that would introduce simplicity, price certainty and accessibility in a legal marketplace where complication and high cost were the norm.
Last year the firm grew by 70%. It now has 10 partners and, thanks to the support of its clients, has built nearly £5million of new business in four years.
In 2014, the firm was awarded NE Corporate Law Firm of the Year by Insider Dealmakers.
Square One Law’s approach is different because it has attracted a highly-experienced team that understands the importance of building long-term relationships with clients and is able to provide clear and simple solutions to complex challenges.
As other firms are scaling back or no longer offering private client services, Square One Law believes in providing a full service team.
The firm has always maintained its goal of developing long-term relationships with clients which means looking after their personal legal matters as well as their business needs.
Francesca Angelucci heads up the private client team which includes partners Stuart Hamilton who offers advice on wills, trusts, inheritance tax mitigation, probate and capacity issues, Ian Gilthorpe who supports clients through their succession planning needs, and Jean Pierre van Zyl who advises on all employment issues.
They work alongside consultants Robin Winskell, an expert in matrimonial and family issues, and David Storey, an experienced wealth management adviser.
Francesca joined the team in 2014 returning to her North East roots from niche West End private client firm Judge Sykes Frixou. She aims to provide a London level of service to clients in the North East.
She said: “As we gear up for a general election we will see the issues of mansion tax and first-time buyer schemes brought to the forefront.
“This, coupled with the recent pension reforms, means now is a good time for clients to start look at their wealth management strategy and putting a plan in place.”