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Mincoffs Solicitors acquires niche tech law firm


Leading North East firm Mincoffs Solicitors has acquired niche tech-focused law firm Particular Legal, in a move that will further strengthen and add depth to Mincoffs’ award winning Corporate and Commercial teams.


The acquisition will also consolidate Mincoffs’ position as a market leader in the technology and digital sector, said the firm.


Matthew Rippon and Deb McGargle (now CLO at Seed Legals) founded Particular Legal in 2011. Rippon 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.


The firm said that he would continue to support early-stage businesses in various mentoring roles – including Telefonica’s Wayra accelerator programme and the Northumbria University Graduate Enterprise Programme.


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 and annual retainer contracts and fixed fees, rather than hourly billing.


The firm’s portfolio of clients ranges from technology start ups to established owner-managed businesses – and the team has substantial expertise in providing commercial legal advice related in intellectual property and technology issues, said Mincoffs’ in a statement.


Matthew Rippon added:


“I am excited by the next stage in our journey – we’ve come a long way over the last eight 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.”


Mincoffs’ Commercial Services team is led by partner Antony Hall and has grown rapidly, increasing its revenue by a significant margin over the past two years, said the firm


The team was awarded Corporate/Commercial Firm of the Year in the 2018 Northern Law Awards – and was also short-listed 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.”



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