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Secerna LLP partners Jason Boakes and Charlotte Watkins.
Jane Imrie

Patent attorney firm expands into new ‘landmark’ York HQ

A firm of patent attorneys in York has relocated to new larger premises as part of its ongoing expansion.

Secerna LLP, which has offices in York and Newcastle, has moved its head office team of patent attorneys and support staff into the £14.5m mixed-use Old Fire Station development.

Launched in 2011, Secerna LLP specialises in intellectual property law, with clients including multinational corporations, FTSE and NYSE listed companies, universities, spin-out companies, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

The new 3,000 sq ft office at the newly completed scheme on Clifford Street in the centre of the city will house the firm’s existing team as well as accommodating further growth.

Jason Boakes, one of the firm’s founders and partners, said: “Secerna has been based in York since we launched in 2011.

“The city has given us a fantastic base for doing business with clients throughout the world, and we’re very excited to begin the next stage of our growth from such a landmark city centre building.”

Secerna LLP owner and partner, Charlotte Watkins, commented: “As the firm continues to grow, these new, larger premises will give us the space we need to bring new people into the team and fulfil our growth ambitions.

“They will also make it easier for us to travel between our York and Newcastle offices and provide space for clients to visit.”

A joint venture between owner Helmsley Group and York-based property development business London Ebor, the Old Fire Station scheme combines commercial space alongside 14 townhouses and apartments.

Max Reeves, development director at Helmsley Group, added: “The lack of available quality office premises and scarcity of new build homes in York city centre has been well documented and property at Old Fire Station has therefore been much in demand.

“It is extremely pleasing to welcome Secerna as our primary commercial tenant and welcome additional workers into the city’s economy. The firm is expanding, and the space is being fitted out to the highest specifications to reflect its status.”

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