Phenomenal Growth for FirmPosted: 20th June 2017
As a firm that could be considered one of the new kids on the
block, Durham’s EMG Solicitors have notched up a remarkable list
of achievements in a relatively short time.
It’s not surprising then that for the second year running in the Northern Law Awards, the firm was named as “the one to watch”, having been nominated in three categories.
It’s praise indeed when faced with competition from the elder statesmen of law across the region, as it’s taken just three brief years for EMG Solicitors to make a real impact.
The company growth is little short of phenomenal since it was launched in 2014 by experienced Court of Protection solicitor Emma Gaudern, who is nationally regarded for her work with clients who have sustained brain injuries.
EMG manages more than £70m for a range of clients, ensuring their assets are protected, along with working closely with people who have a range of challenges to deal with on a daily basis.
Since those first days the company has continued to grow, so much so
that last year saw a move to much larger offices which would be able to accommodate EMG’s ambition – to become the number one private client law firm in the north.
With a team of 19 staff, the ethos at EMG is very much about a culture of
co-operation based around the company’s mission statement – “Supporting clients. Protecting assets. Changing Lives.”
That co-operation is excellent news for clients, who have a team of people
working with them across a range of disciplines. For example, EMG’s court of protection
lawyers will support a client’s financial requirements which might include overseeing an investment portfolio or rental property as well as organising and paying for carers and therapies as well as large capital items.
The company’s conveyancing lawyer supports the client in organising the purchase of a more appropriate home
or the sale of their current home. Because of the high percentage of relationship difficulties following the personality change that some of EMG’s clients experience, the firm’s family lawyer is on hand to advise on divorce and separation.
EMG’s wills and trusts lawyer contributes by setting up trusts where appropriate and preparing Wills or
statutory Will applications. Building lasting relationships is at the heart of EMG, which is true to its strapline “legal services for life.”
The solicitors at EMG are handpicked for their expertise and include Natalia Lalas, EMG’s family law specialist who deals with a whole host of relationship-related issues from prenuptial agreements, child custody to cohabitee disputes.
Natalia has also built up a niche specialist practice assisting families in the UK and internationally with surrogacy matters.
In 2008 she became one of the first solicitors in the region to qualify as a Collaborative Lawyer, a trailblazin process aimed at trying to take the sting out of divorce or separation.
Experienced solicitor Ros Danson has also recently been promoted into a business development role within
the company, tasked with building on EMG’s success to date, while residential conveyancing expert Richard Swinbank was a welcome addition to the team last year.
For Emma Gaudern, the steady growth of the company is directly in line with her long-term vision. “We have had a fantastic period of growth over the last couple of years and have built a really strong team,” she said. “And we’re now looking forward to strengthening our reputation going forward.”