TECH businesses across the North West could have access to free legal advice thanks to a Blackburn entrepreneur's partnership with a law firm.

The partnership will see national law firm Irwin Mitchell work with technology hub HOST, run by IN4.0 Group CEO Mo Isap to provide a space for firms working in the tech, video games and entertainment sectors.

This will allow the various technology companies that use the HOST facilities, located in MediaCityUK in Salford, to access to initial pro bono legal advice through physical and virtual support from Irwin Mitchell’s media and innovation team.

Blackburn-born Mr Isap said: "We are delighted to announce Irwin Mitchell as HOST’s specialist legal partner.

"Laura and the media and innovation team join HOST with a wealth of experience in working alongside businesses in the creative industries and video games sector.

"With its national and international network of law firms, HOST’s innovation community will have access to every aspect of intellectual property and legal advice, which is a key part of the wraparound support we wish to bring to our members as they navigate out of the pandemic and look to a positive future ahead.”

Irwin Mitchell, which has 15 offices across the UK and an international network of law firms, will also provide tailored business support to members through events such as webinars, workshops, seminars and masterclasses.

Partner and media and entertainment sector lead Laura Harper said: “We are proud to be working alongside HOST as their official legal partner and are looking forward to assisting them with sector specific events, together with tailored legal and business advice.

"Irwin Mitchell has a strong tradition of providing advice to businesses in the technology and media sector.

"Working in partnership with the new home of the UK video games industry allows us to build on this work and continue playing our part in the success of local creative businesses.

"There will be plenty of opportunities to work with HOST on various projects and initiatives and our media and innovation team can’t wait to get started."

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