THE traditional image of solicitors is being blown away by a forward-thinking legal firm.
TMJ legal services has opened a new office in Victoria Road in Hartlepool town centre.
Senior partner Keith Morgan is hoping that clients will use it whatever their legal needs may be.
He said: “We have been established in Raby Road, Hartlepool and Wingate for 25 years, starting with one solicitor and now providing employment for 40 people including eleven solicitors.”
More than 65 per cent of TMJ’s business comes from personal recommendations or satisfied clients returning for more help. Mr Morgan said: “It is on this basis we have grown.
“We have expanded the business over the years by opening further offices in Peterlee and Durham,
“We wanted to make it easy for people to come in and see us to discuss their legal problems and our offices to be more accessible which is why we decided to open another office in the heart of Hartlepool
“We now have a more prominent position in the town centre.”
TMJ provides legal services for individuals and businesses in the region with offices in Hartlepool, Peterlee, Durham and Wingate.
It has a regularly updated website and Mr Morgan added: “We receive a lot of instructions via e-mail, but there are still lots of clients who prefer to come in and see the person who is doing the legal paperwork.”
The new office in Victoria Road has extended opening hours from 8.30am until 5.30pm from Monday to Friday, and is open on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm.
TMJ is planning to organise client information events at Victoria Road on such topics as wills, employment law, and domestic violence. These events will be free and hosted by the firm’s in-house solicitors.
Growth in size of the firm has been accompanied by growth in expertise.
TMJ have specialist lawyers at all of their offices dealing with family law, wills and probate, accident claims, domestic violence, conveyancing, business law, employment, housing and care proceedings.