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North East law firm celebrates 21st anniversary


A North East law firm is celebrating 21 years in business – following one if its must successful years yet.

Emmersons Solicitors was created by Jacqueline Emmerson at the age of 31 - she was one of the few women in the region to set up a law firm at the time.

Following the launch of the business, the team quickly grew from Jacqueline and her secretary to include several solicitors and professional lawyers as well as support and admin staff. Emmersons Solicitors now employs almost two dozen people and has a reach across the North East via its network of offices. Director Michael Robinson also joined the firm within its first year.

Speaking of the business, Jaqueline said: “Back when I launched the business there was a lot of competition and I knew that Emmersons had to stand out from the crowd. At the age of 31 I had reached the glass ceiling in terms of what I could do working for others – the industry was very male orientated, so I wanted to branch out and work for myself.”

The anniversary of the firm follows a key year for the business, which included significant growth in turnover across several departments. Its private client work, which is made up of wills and probate, lasting power of attorney and family cases saw an increase of 74% while the residential and commercial conveyancing department saw an increase of 22% in turnover.

Emmersons Solicitors has also been shortlisted twice for the Law Society Excellence Awards and gained its Lexcel Accreditation. The firm was Highly Commended during the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards in the ‘Medium Sized Business’ category and was mentioned in Parliament thanks to its successful campaign for a change to defence sentencing.

The firm’s dedication to the local community includes its support of several different charities, including Armed Forces charity, SSAFA, homeless charity Crisis, the British Heart Foundation and Feeding Families North East. The firm is also an official member of Solicitors for the Elderly, a specialist group of lawyers who have pledged to make a difference to older and vulnerable people. It’s dedication to the older community also includes its status as ‘Dementia Friends’ and its involvement in the Alzheimer’s Association scheme, offering reduced fee work in relation to Lasting Powers of Attorney.

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