A start-up legal advice business based in the North-East is celebrating reaching an early milestone, after receiving its 100th instruction.

Founded by Morpeth solicitor, Joe Phelan, during the pandemic, Phelan Independent has since been working with solicitors’ firms and commercial finance brokers across the country to offer their clients expert, fast and affordable independent legal advice on a range of matters.

With the pandemic acting as a catalyst for many businesses to embrace new ways of working, Phelan Independent seized the opportunity to disrupt the status quo by offering independent legal advice, delivered by senior solicitors, via online platforms including Microsoft Teams and Whatsapp within 48 hours of instruction.

Joe Phelan said: “Setting up a new business can be a tough decision at the best of times but pressing ahead with launching Phelan Independent during a global pandemic was certainly a daunting prospect. That said, having worked as a solicitor for many years I knew first-hand how hard it can be for clients to obtain high quality advice quickly and affordably.

“Growth has been steady since we established the company and we’re keen to build in the coming months and years as we continue to serve as ‘deal enablers’ to law firms, brokers and clients.”