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A NORTH East law firm has launched a new business division dedicated to providing the region’s SMEs with affordable, no-nonsense legal advice.

Devised by Gordon Brown Law Firm, which has offices in Newcastle and Chester Le Street, ‘Core’ will offer a real approach to legal services for any small business – from start-ups to the longer established enterprises – minus the hefty costs and ‘legal speak’.

Core marks Gordon Brown Law Firm’s on-going expansion into the region’s small business arena, having launched sister company and human resources consultancy Hadrian HR in 2013, which provides a bespoke and cost-effective 24/7 service for SMEs.

The firm’s newest venture is headed up by commercial property solicitor Gwen Jones, alongside fellow solicitor Paul Crawley and paralegal Joy Heron, bringing over 10 years of experience in assisting small businesses with their legal needs.

Gwen said: “At Gordon Brown Law Firm a significant proportion of our clients are small and growing businesses, so we understand the pressures and issues which they face. We want to ensure that they can continue with the day to day running of their operations without having to worry about legal matters, unknown legal costs or intimidating situations and it is on this ethos that Core has been built.”

An initial free, 30 minute consultation will be offered to all small business operators requiring the services provided by the team at Core. -From a small business outgrowing its premises to taking on new employees or concerns over safeguarding assets, the team at Core will be able to assist. Upon appointment, flexible payment options of up to four instalments can also be offered to clients of Core.

One of the first businesses to appoint Core’s services is Washington-based retail business ‘The Green’ for whom Core assisted on negotiations with the council to secure a licence to occupy and to carry out sympathetic works to transform the iconic and previously derelict ‘Green Library’ three months ahead of sale. The business is now fully operational with a burgeoning customer base.

Kelly Kennedy, co-owner of The Green, said: “We decided to use Gordon Brown Law Firm based on its reputation as experts in the area of small business. I can’t thank them enough for their consistent support and friendly manner throughout. We are really grateful to Gwen for her expert and honest advice which enabled us to understand how to get the very best out of the property.”

Kathryn Taylor, managing partner at Gordon Brown Law Firm, said: “Gordon Brown prides itself on being a supportive and nurturing business – not just with our people but also our clients and we aim to reflect this approach through Core.

“By helping SMEs with their legal issues we are aiming to support them to fulfil their business potential, after all they are the lifeblood of the North East economy and a key driver in continued regional economic growth.”