Celebrating our 4th office opening & growing COP team

Posted: 8th February 2023

Hot on the heels of the opening of their Penrith office only five months ago in September 2022, EMG Solicitors are expanding further with a brand-new division in Darlington. This is supported by a growing Court of Protection (COP) offering, making EMG the largest independent team in the North East with 36 practitioners.

Specialising in court of protection (both in Health & Welfare and Property & Accommodation), wills, trusts and probate, family, employment, residential conveyancing and commercial property services, the Darlington branch is a welcome addition to their existing Newcastle, Durham and Penrith offices. Demonstrating the strength of the brand’s growing reputation in the legal sector.

Officially opened in January 2023, the Darlington office will be led by Court of Protection Director, Sarah Jackson who also joined the business at the start of this year. Law Society accredited, she brings with her over 13 years’ experience in Health & Welfare COP work – a specialism that looks after the best interest decisions of clients in areas including accommodation, care and support.

The team of 5 along with Sarah, join the existing COP Health & Welfare team to support the businesses North East client base.

Sarah Jackson, Court of Protection Director, said;

“I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to join EMG Solicitors. They have an outstanding reputation in the market and are true leaders in their field, particularly within the COP specialism.  Alongside their legal expertise, I was also attracted by their strong values and culture, providing a supportive environment where employees can develop and be the best versions of themselves.

The team and I are very much looking forward to establishing the EMG brand in the area and supporting the Darlington community. Not just in the legal work that we provide, but also through our commitment to charitable giving which includes our partnership with County Durham Community Foundation. A collaboration which has seen the business donate over £75,000 to local causes across the region since 2019.”

The new office support’s EMG Solicitors’ continued growth which has seen revenues increase in the last year by approximately 36% from £3.4 million to £4.6 million. With headcount now in excess of 117.

Emma Gaudern, Managing Director of EMG Solicitors said:

“The opening of the Darlington office, five months after our Penrith branch, is incredibly exciting and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to growth and the development of our COP specialism.

Darlington was an ideal location for our next move in many respects, being an area at the forefront of so much recent development and investment. For us, it marked the next logical step so we were best able to support the south of the region and is a community we very much look forward to working with.

Expansion of the team also further strengthens our COP offering across Health & Wellbeing and Property & Affairs making us the largest serving independent Court of Protection team in the North East. It’s taken a lot of dedication and hard work to get to this stage, for which we are very proud, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible people we have here who continue to excel themselves in all they do.

At EMG we are always on the lookout for legal talent, so if you feel you could become a welcome addition to the team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”