(L - R): Surbhi Vedhara and Jess Fenwick.
Matthew Neville

North East solicitors relocates to “much larger” Gosforth office in line with growth strategy

As part of the realisation of its ongoing growth strategy, North East solicitors, Sweeney Miller Law has relocated its Newcastle branch to “much larger” offices.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Sweeney Miller Law continued to attract new clients and instructions across both its Newcastle and Sunderland offices, accelerating the decision to relocate its Newcastle office. Maintaining its growth momentum, on January 4 2022 Sweeney Miller’s Newcastle team moved into Bulman House, Regent Centre, Gosforth.

The Newcastle branch now occupies 4,400 sq ft of office space across two floors in a prime location off Gosforth High Street. The new premises has its own reception area, a suite of meeting rooms, kitchen, and staff break out area.

The additional space will enable the firm to develop its services on Tyneside for both individual and business clients across its key practice areas of conveyancing, commercial property, company and commercial, family law, dispute resolution, private client, and landlord and tenant.

As well as providing space for the firm’s continued expansion, with improved transport links and car parking, the new offices are more accessible to its clients and staff. Reflecting the commitment to staff development and continued growth, the new offices include a dedicated space for the delivery of its own bespoke inhouse training programme.

Staffing at the growing firm has increased by 15 per cent in the last 3 years reaching nearly 75, and with a strategic commitment to scaling the business, its pipeline of future talent currently includes 5 trainee solicitors, one solicitor apprentice, 6 apprentices and 23 paralegals.

In collaboration with Newcastle University, the Sweeney Miller Scholarship annual grant scholarship has recently been established. Under the scheme, successful student applicants receive a £1,000 scholarship together with the opportunity of 2 weeks paid work experience at the Newcastle office providing an insight to working life at a busy law firm.

The office expansion follows the recent restructuring of the firm’s management with Surbhi Vedhara taking on the role of managing partner and Jessica Fenwick and Damien Todd joining Surbhi as equity partners, whilst founder Paul Miller stepped into a training and business development consultancy role at the firm.

Commenting on the move, Surbhi said: “We have seen unprecedented growth since opening up the Newcastle office in 2014 in Spaceworks. Whilst that office served us well and allowed us to achieve a good market share in Newcastle, it is now time to look at the next chapter by getting much larger premises with more room for growth.”

Jess added: “We are very excited to continue the growth of the firm from Bulman House and hope to be able to welcome clients to the new office as soon as it is safe to do so.”

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