Ruth Mitchell

Doors open on Mincoff Jacksons

Two North East commercial law firms, Mincoffs from Tyneside and Jacksons from Tees Valley opened their doors last week as Mincoff Jacksons LLP.

Comprising 21 partners and over 160 staff Mincoff Jacksons will operate as a two-centre practice from its current offices in Newcastle and Tees Valley.

The merged firm is seeking to expand its client base further across the North of England and also aims to develop its work outside this region on the back of its strength in numbers. Mincoffs’ work includes contracts with high street names such as Tesco and Iceland food stores, and Jacksons counts CE Electric UK and the Wensleydale Creamerie at Hawes among its clients.

The new firm will be headed by the current senior partners of both practices, Howard Gold and Kevin Fletcher. A modern brand identity has been developed for the new firm, which will be implemented across all its signage, literature and website.

Howard Gold, senior partner at Mincoff Jacksons said: “We have been working over the last few months to bring the firms together seamlessly, and are glad to be opening our doors today on a new era.

“Despite an economic downturn we are consistently working within and outside the North East on high profile commercial caseloads, and also continuing to recruit the best legal talent to our team. The merger will only support that growth as we enter 2009.”

Nigel Kidwell, managing partner at Mincoff Jacksons, said: “As separate firms we recognised a similar ethos and approach that would work well for our clients across the region if we merged. Now, as one, we are excited to bring that to the fore as one of the most significant legal practices in the North.”

Mincoffs, based in Newcastle, was established in 1948 while Jacksons’ origins date back over 130 years.

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