10th November 2023

Northern Trust Company Limited is pleased to welcome Milners Solicitors to their Houndgate office development in Darlington. Yorkshire based law firm Milners Solicitors have leased the 1,467 sq ft office suite on a 5-year lease agreement following their acquisition of Close Thornton Solicitors in Darlington which will now trade under the Milners Group.

Close Thornton is a Darlington law firm with particular strength in wills and probate, residential conveyancing, commercial property and family law. Milners Solicitors specialise in commercial litigation, personal injury, employment, agricultural law, commercial disputes, commercial mediation and property disputes along with the same services currently offered by Close Thornton. 

Giles Ward, Milners Solicitors’ Senior Partner said “We are delighted to have Close Thornton join the Milners group. At Milners we are always focused on providing expert, jargon-free legal advice from friendly solicitors. We offer affordable expertise and our values align closely with Close Thornton who have highly talented people and outstanding client relationships.  We have aligned approaches and values, offering huge benefits to our clients in the areas that matter most. Combining our expertise will strengthen our market offering, with true operational excellence and the agility to respond rapidly to the changing needs of the market.”?

Iain Robson, Senior Partner at Close Thornton, says: “The culture of Milners is very similar to Close Thornton, making it the natural home for our business. We are very happy to join the Milners Group and are looking forward to the opportunities combining both firms will bring for our people and our clients.  We will work closely across all locations to provide the very best service to the people of County Durham, Yorkshire and beyond.”

For more details please visit the Milners Group website at https://www.milnerslaw.co.uk/

Houndgate is an office development in the town centre of Darlington consisting of 11 self-contained office suites covering a total of 8,799 sq ft. 

Steven Porter, Regional Portfolio Manager at Northern Trust added “I am delighted we were able to facilitate Milners Solicitors occupational requirements following their acquisition of Close Thornton Solicitors. Houndgate which is now fully occupied is home to 10 different businesses which in turn support approximately 50 jobs.”

For more details on availability of business units to let in County Durham, please contact the North East team on 0191 221 1999 or via email at northeast@northerntrust.co.uk


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