Supporting Clients. Protecting Assets. Changing Lives.

Court of Protection

We offer specialist legal services in all aspects of the law surrounding mental capacity, commonly referred to as work within the ‘Court of Protection’, and provide Deputyship Services, Statutory Wills and more.

Family Law

As experienced family law solicitors, we have expertise in representing a range of clients. EMG Solicitors offer a wide range of family law services, including Divorce, Child Custody Issues, Same Sex Partnerships and more.

Wills, Trusts & Probate

Everyone should have a Will in order to give you & your family security and peace of mind. At EMG, we explain all your options to you, providing the most creative solution that meets all your needs.

Residential Conveyancing

The excitement of buying or selling a property is often tempered by the perceived complications along the way. At EMG, we will support you through every aspect of this process from remortgaging to purchasing new build properties or even plots of land.

Dispute & Litigation Services

We specialise in probate, trusts and land disputes, which so often can cause problems within families. We give sound, expert advice on disputed wills and inheritances, and conflicts over land (where the problem may be about joint ownership, boundaries, tenancies, or rights over land.)

Lasting Powers of Attorney

If you are concerned about your future health, wellbeing or financial affairs, we can help you plan and state in advance those people you trust to make your decisions in the event that you become physically or mentally incapacitated.

Personal Injury Trust

If you have been awarded a compensation payment as a result of personal injury proceedings,your entitlement to claim means-tested benefits, such as Income Support, Housing Benefit, and Council Tax Benefit, can be affected unless it is paid into a personal injury trust.

Court of Protection, Private Client & Family Law Solicitors

Choosing a solicitor is like welcoming a new member into your family – someone you need to trust to look after your interests, whatever they are. Here at EMG Solicitors, we pride ourselves on being there for our clients. It’s not just about us offering you the very best professional advice, it’s also about dealing with your needs in a sympathetic and supportive fashion.

Based in the North East, our Family Law services cover everything from divorce to surrogacy, from child custody issues to civil partnerships. We have years of experience in acting for people with brain injuries, as well as preparing bespoke Wills and dealing with Trusts and Probate. We also act as Professional Deputies for a range of people to ensure their best interests are protected, and manage millions of pounds held in trust.

Get in touch to find out more – we look forward to welcoming you into the EMG family.

Headway Challenge Baton

For 2017, EMG Solicitors is taking on the ‘Headway Challenge Baton’ which will involve an exciting year of fundraising to support Headway’s vital services throughout the UK.

Headwayheadway Charity Partner 2017 emg solicitors is a leading charity whose mission is to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and provide information, support and services to survivors, their families and carers. In addition, Headway will campaign to reduce the incidence of brain injury.

The charity still holds true to the ethos on which is was founded: “Together, we are stronger and by working together, we can do more to improve life after brain injury.” We hope everyone will join us in our fundraising activities for this amazing cause. Together,  we hope to raise a target of £20,000 and we shall keep track of our progress every step of the way.

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Raised £500 towards the £20,000 target.

Meet the Team

Natalia Lalas

Associate Solicitor

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Natalia Lalas family law solicitors durham

Natalia Lalas

Associate Solicitor

I qualified as a solicitor in 2002 having studied and worked in England and Europe. I undertook my training contract in Lincolnshire where I specialised in family law.

I returned to the North East in 2003 and worked for a large commercial practice in Teesside where I specialised in divorce and financial settlement cases. I represented clients in the local courts and the High Court in London. My expertise covers all aspects of family law including divorce, financial claims, children issues such residence and contact, cohabitee property disputes and civil partnership dissolution.

In 2008, I became the first solicitor in Teesside to qualify as a Collaborative Lawyer. This is a process designed to take the “sting” out of divorce or separation and help couples to resolve their difficulties without resorting to court and therefore enabling them to retain control of the process. I joined EMG Solicitors in March 2015 and am able to offer new and existing clients a bespoke and specialist family law service.

Rosalind Danson

Head of Business Development & Solicitor

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Rosalind Danson business development emg solicitors

Rosalind Danson

Head of Business Development & Solicitor

I qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and have enjoyed a successful career in the law. Initially, I practised at a large regional practice in Newcastle and later, I moved to the North East office of a large national firm where I was promoted to Partner. More recently, I was appointed Operations Director of a law firm in Teesside.

I am now the Head of Business Development here at EMG. I am dedicated to building lasting relationships with our clients and my aim is to ensure we always exceed expectations. I create, coordinate and monitor all marketing activities and I am committed to identifying and realising new opportunities for EMG.

Richard Swinbank

Associate Solicitor

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Richard Swinbank residential conveyancing emg solicitors

Richard Swinbank

Associate Solicitor

I joined EMG solicitors in December 2015 as an associate solicitor and specialise in all aspects of residential conveyancing.

I qualified in September 2007 and have worked at a number of small to medium sized firms throughout the North East including Close Thornton LLP in Darlington and Bond Dickinson LLP in Newcastle.

I predominately deal with the sale and purchase of residential properties and act for clients all over the Country. I also deal with remortgages, investment properties and transfer of equity matters amongst various other property matters.

Here at EMG Solicitors we believe in providing a bespoke conveyancing service that competes on quality rather than the price. We understand that each property transaction is different and the service provided to each client will be tailored to fit their needs. Throughout my career, I have found that being able to communicate clearly is key throughout any transaction which is why I like to provide all my clients with regular, realistic and accurate updates.

Working with clients on a day to day basis so that excellent working relationships can be built is rewarding and has lead to further work from clients and referrers alike . Each day is different and approached in the same proactive, professional manner so that I can provide my clients with what they require enabling them to complete their transaction successfully and promptly.

Samantha Edward

Associate Solicitor

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Samantha Edward Associate Solicitor emg solicitors durham

Samantha Edward

Associate Solicitor

I am an Associate with EMG Solicitors joining in February 2016. I specialise in the drafting of Wills, Powers of Attorney, mental capacity, estate administration, trust administration, inheritance tax planning and asset protection.

I graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Language and Literature and then completed both the CPE and Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University graduating with a distinction in each.

I qualified as a solicitor in 2007 into the Private Client Department of Ward Hadaway Solicitors in Newcastle after completing my training there. I worked for the following 8 years at Ward Hadaway undertaking all elements of Private Client work.

I work for a diverse range of clients from private individuals, business owners, farmers and trustees. I advise on estate planning so families can plan for the next generation and pass assets down, including advice on inheritance tax planning and the available reliefs and exemptions. When giving advice in respect of the mitigation of inheritance tax on death I consider the effect of life policies and pension death benefits together with the redirection of estate entitlement via a Deed of Variation.

I work closely with my client’s other professional advisors, such as accountants, financial advisors, stockbrokers and land agents to ensure the best solution is reached for my client.

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