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Mincoffs Solicitors has announced today that it has acquired niche technology- focused law firm, Particular Legal.

Effective from the 1st November, the acquisition will add further strength and depth to Mincoffs award winning Corporate and Commercial teams and consolidates the firm’s position as a market leader in the technology and digital sector.

MJ Rippon, who founded Particular with Deb McGargle in 2011 (now CLO at Seed Legals), is known as one of the country’s leading lawyers in the tech start up space and will join the Mincoffs team as a consultant. MJ will continue to support early stage businesses in various mentoring roles including Telefonica’s Wayra accelerator programme and the Northumbria University Graduate Enterprise Programme.

Led by partner Antony Hall, Mincoffs Commercial Services team has grown rapidly, increasing its revenue by a significant margin over the past two years. The team was awarded Corporate/Commercial Firm of the Year in the 2018 Northern Law Awards and was also shortlisted as Regional Technology, Media and Telecoms Firm of the Year in the national Legal 500 Awards 2018.

Antony Hall said “Particular Legal has built up an enviable reputation within the North East’s technology community and brings a diverse range of specialist expertise that will complement and bolster the capabilities of our existing teams. The acquisition underlines the position of Mincoffs as a leading firm in the technology and digital sector. I have no doubt they will be a great addition to our business.”

Particular Legal entered the legal market in 2011, offering an innovative approach to legal services, with a focus on a plain-speaking tone of voice with annual retainer contracts and fixed fees rather than hourly billing. The firm’s portfolio of clients range from technology start-ups to established owner managed businesses. The team has substantial expertise in providing commercial legal advice related to intellectual property and technology issues.

MJ Rippon said: “I am excited by the next stage in our journey.  We’ve come a long way over the last 8 years, as has the tech sector as a whole. We believe that the combination of Particular Legal’ s unique take on the delivery of legal advice with the range of services offered by Mincoffs is a winning formula for the legal market.”

Established in 1948, Mincoffs Solicitors is one of the North East’s leading law firms for the digital and creative sectors.  The technology team work with businesses ranging from start-ups to international brands and pride themselves on their innovative approach to legal services, as they invest time understanding clients’ businesses and the challenges that they face.

The firm offers the full range of services that a digital business needs to succeed, whether it be advice on software licensing or brand protection, help raising finance or employment or property issues.  The team have established a track record in helping clients protect and exploit their ideas and they frequently advise on the legal aspects of commercialising new products and technologies.  Many of the specialist IP and IT lawyers in the team have worked in-house so understand first-hand the complex work demanded of software developers and IT service providers.


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