PG Legal has taken its role in the North East property sector to a new level through the addition of a market-leading tax lawyer to its team.

Simon Briton joined PG Legal in the summer and has already helped shape the way in which a number of North East property investors build their businesses.

Simon has 20 years’ experience at firms locally and nationally, including Ward Hadaway, Bird & Bird and KPMG. He is also an active member of the region’s innovation community and he recently led a successful Innovate UK-backed knowledge transfer partnership on the future of technology in legal services.

Best known for his work with high-growth companies, Simon sees a lot of parallels between intellectual property and the commercial property sector.

“Business owners and investors want to maximise growth while minimising risks where they can. The tax incentives that I work with help get that balance right,” he says.

Meanwhile, commercial property director Phil Dean has seen a boost to the firm’s relationships with accountants and financial advisers.

He reflects: “Having a lawyer that instinctively knows what our clients’ tax advisers are trying to achieve gives us a head start over other similar- sized firms in the region.

“Commercial property remains a key sector for PG Legal. We continue to see an appetite for growth in this sector but with more challenging circumstances beginning to emerge, there is an important role for advisers.

“What sets us apart is that we actively advise our clients rather than just drafting documents and bringing Simon in adds even more into that mix.”

On the back of a move to bigger offices, a rebrand and several key hires, PG Legal is building its reputation in the region.