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Recognition of a regional presence

Big legal players are continuing to invest in the regions, but is it enough to stop the north-south brain drain?

11 February 2015

There was a time, perhaps not so long ago, when any law firm worth its salt had to be seen to have an office in the heart of London, and preferably, the City. Yet, over the last few years, a trend has appeared where major players have recognised the importance of establishing a regional presence, both as a means of gaining new and retaining existing clients, as well as cutting support costs.

This trend seems set to continue as news emerged earlier this week that the magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckaus Deringer is set to open an office in Manchester. The move makes it the second legal giant to have such a regional presence after Allen & Overy opened its Belfast office in 2011.

Other City firms have also established offices away from the bright lights of the capital, including Herbert Smith Freehills' and Baker & McKenzie's moves into Belfast, Hogan Lovells' saunter into Birmingham, and Ashurst's journey north of the border to Glasgow.

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