Business owners are being offered the chance to access free, instant legal advice in a new online service launched by a North East law firm.

BHP Law has set up its first live internet service, BHP & Me, offering expert advice on a range of matters affecting businesses, from contract terms to director responsibilities, franchise enquiries to employment and intellectual property issues.

Experienced solicitors, who are specialists in corporate and commercial law, can be contacted through the interactive chat service at www.bhplaw.co.uk.

An enquiry made, via desktop or mobile devices, will receive a speedy response during working hours and the advice provided is free of charge.

Marc Allison, corporate and commercial partner at BHP Law, said: “The speed at which we will provide a response, and the high expertise on offer which is easily equal to any city firm, means it’s like giving business owners access to their own dedicated in-house legal team.

“The way people do business is evolving all the time thanks to the way technology is progressing and we are keen to be responsive to demand by providing legal advice at people’s fingertips. It’s a dynamic service and it’s fascinating to see the range of live enquiries coming in.

“The service is a natural extension of our service to business clients and reflects our understanding and empathy for their need for no-nonsense, efficient, approachable and highly reliable legal support.”

BHP Law’s teams in Darlington, Durham Newcastle and Stockton offer a full range of legal services to business clients including franchising, commercial and agricultural property, dispute resolution, contracts and commercial law.