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Growing Dealmaking team boosted with the arrival of City high-flyer

FAST-GROWING commercial firm, Square One Law has further strengthened its dealmaking team with the arrival of an up-and-coming young lawyer from one of the City’s magic circle firms

Jemil Visram, a corporate finance lawyer, recently joined Jesmond-based Square One Law from Slaughter and May.

During his time with the London law firm, Jemil acted for multi-national clients such as Diageo, Unilever and Marks and Spencer.

He has extensive experience in a broad range of corporate matters such as mergers and acquisitions, disposals, and corporate reorganisations.

Jemil’s expertise also includes corporate debt and equity financing, such as bilateral and syndicated facility agreements, complete refinancings, debt issues and the raising of equity via flotations and rights issues.

Square One Law’s head of corporate, Jeremy Swift, said: “Jemil’s city experience ensures he brings a confident and assured approach in delivering the highest level of service regardless of the transaction size or profile. The corporate team now has 3 experienced partners, 3 senior associates and 2 assistants and I believe we are one of the strongest teams in the region.”

Jemil, a Durham University graduate says he was looking to return home to the North East after several years in London.

He said: “I met a few of the region’s law firms, but the one that stood out for me was Square One Law. They act for a very impressive range of clients so I know I will be involved in some very interesting work. I was also impressed by their fresh approach and the quality and friendliness of their people.

“I feel they are going somewhere and are changing the Newcastle legal market and this offers me a great opportunity to be part of something new and exciting in the North East.”

Jesmond-based Square One Law was founded last year by senior lawyers Ian Gilthorpe, Alan Fletcher and Robin Winskell and now has eight partners and over 30 staff.

Its impressive client portfolio includes leading North East entrepreneurs Sir Peter Vardy and Peter Stephenson, executive chairman of Billingham-based Able UK. Cramlington-based Miller UK and Newcastle-based Shepherd Offshore are clients as is North East entrepreneur Nigel Mills, founder of the Mills Group, and current chairman of The Entrepreneurs Forum.

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