Law firm provides jobs boost for Yorkshire as it moves to historic Nostell Priory Estate
Wakefield-based Newport Land and Law saw its caseload double in 2020 as the property market boomed.
Newport Land and Law is moving to larger premises on the historic Nostell Priory estate and has welcomed four new consultant solicitors. Andy Challener, Leah Gore, Mike Scott and Emma Morris have joined the firm.
The Nostell Estate adjoins the National Trust property Nostell; an 18th-century stately home with landscaped park and gardens
The firm is also growing its consultancy services, allowing it to support self-employed lawyers.
A spokesman said: “Newport Land and Law believe it is a model that will help them provide businesses and individuals with access to expert advice while offering value for money.
“It offers a range of property and private client law services and is expanding its dispute resolution practice. New offices are under consideration in Oxford and South Wales with additional offices planned across the UK.”
Over the next year, with the new offices, the firm expects to create 15 jobs.
Commenting on the expansion plans, Anna Newport, founder and director of Newport Land and Law, said: “Over the years we have established a national reputation for our expertise in everything from trusts and wills to estates and property law.
“We’ve built a client base with national reach and now is the time to accelerate our ambitions with new offices.
“The development of our consultancy offer will give talented lawyers the flexibility they want with the support of an established operation that shares their values and a focus on client service.
“Despite all the challenges, 2020 provided a strong launchpad for growth. Our caseload in the final quarter of the year was 400% up on the year before, and we’ve seen the expansion of both our probate services and demand for dispute resolution.”
The firm is also expanding its administrative team with the appointment of a full-time office manager, and it is recruiting a junior administrator and communications executive under the Government’s kickstart scheme.
The number of mortgage approvals made to homebuyers last year was the highest since 2007 – despite the housing market being effectively shut for part of the year as the coronavirus crisis hit.
The Bank of England said that at 818,500 in 2020, the number of mortgage approvals for house purchase surpassed levels seen in 2019 (789,100).