Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Teesside Lad Keeping Region's Roots Strong

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Teesside Lad Keeping Region's Roots Strong

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As the Endeavour Partnership launches a legal service for fledgling businesses, Marie Turbill meets the firm's new partner Nik Tunley to talk about helping SMEs, overcoming the fear of legal bills and his love of Teesside.

NIK Tunley's career is flying high after he was made partner of the Endeavour Partnership.

It's an exciting prospect for the 33-year-old from Middlesbrough who is looking forward to helping shape the law firm's future.

He knows it will mean a lot more responsibility, as well as being a long-term commitment to both the business and the region.

A Teesside lad at heart, he was more than happy to strengthen those roots.

After all he says: "Endeavour is the only top-tier corporate law firm with a Teesside head office."

Based in Thornaby it is certainly rooting for the area.

That suits Nik, who grew up in Middlesbrough and now lives in Nunthorpe with his partner, Ruth Conner, and their one year old daughter, Beatrice.

From a work point of view he says: "We have a vested interest in supporting local businesses because we are in the same pot as them.

"We are in the mix with Teesside businesses and our success is due to local business success."

It follows then that Endeavour's latest service should aim to help up and coming SMEs get to grips with the legal stuff, helping lay the foundations for a healthy future.

Focusing on small businesses, but with particular emphasis on start-ups and early stage businesses, EMBARK provides a cost effective way of identifying and mitigating commercial risk.

The package of legal services, which includes a telephone helpline, handbook and a start up document pack, helps businesses avoid an unacceptable level of risk, covering all areas of commonly encountered law including: data protection, health and safety, employment law and the Companies Act, ensuring essential legal documents are in place.

What's more firms can check if their business gets the legal green light with a free online legal health check.

Nik, who deals with a wide range of corporate transactional work, predominantly in the SME sector, and is also part of the firm's corporate recovery team acting in the sale and purchase of insolvent businesses, believes when it comes to the legalities of any business it is worth putting the legal groundwork in. …

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