THE continued growth of a North East PLC has led to the expansion of its in-house legal team.

Malhotra Group PLC, which has care and leisure divisions along with a large property portfolio, has taken on two new para legals, to help deal with its ever-increasing workload.

And the new part time appointments are giving a real opportunity to two law students at Northumbria University, who will be working for the company while continuing their studies.

Mary Watts, originally from York and Zoe Limon, originally from Saltburn-by-the-Sea are now working from the company’s base at Malhotra House, Grey Street, Newcastle.

Their appointment sees them now part of a five strong team, looking after all the various aspects of the Malhotra Group PLC’s legal requirements.

Anu Kaura, Head of Legal and Group In House Lawyer, said the company’s continued growth required a bolstering of the team.

“Five years ago it was just me on my own,” said Anu.

“But now we are tending to do more and more in-house so it’s important for us to have our own dedicated team.

“We are dealing with more and more complex work so we really need to have a strong resource.”

Both Mary and Zoe impressed the Malhotra Group PLC with their experience and commitment and will be working across all sectors of the business.

“We are sure they are going to be a real asset to our legal team,” said Anu.

Mary added that working from Malhotra Group PLC was a great opportunity.

“This gives us a great opportunity to work at an extremely busy company with a whole range of diverse interests,” she said.

“It means we are able to get some real experience in a number of different sectors and also will hopefully be able to help give a great deal of support to the team.”

Her words were echoed by Zoe.

“I was delighted when I heard that I’d been chosen to join the Malhotra Group,” she said.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to work in a real legal environment but still be able to finish my studies at the same time.”