The Manchester legal market is more buoyant than ever and continues to thrive under the buzz of the “Northern Powerhouse”, with a number of high-profile, leading law firms choosing to use the city as their base.
Once the world’s leading producer of cotton, the Manchester economy has since diversified and grown. The regeneration of areas including Spinningfields and Media City has significantly helped to attract additional revenue streams to the city and, as such, business in Manchester is now booming. The BBC’s move to the rejuvenated Salford Quays area has also established the city as a serious media hub and, in turn, it’s not surprising that Manchester – which is the UK’s third most visited city – is now the North’s legal capital.
To capitalise on this thriving economy, a growing number of law firms are choosing Manchester as their Northern base. Whether it be the result of a merger or an acquisition, the last few years have seen firms such as CMS, Freshfields, Latham & Watkins and BCLP all open offices in Manchester. The arrival of these leading firms in Manchester has changed the legal landscape and is providing exciting opportunities for law graduates in the city.
The significant number of talented law graduates from Manchester’s universities and law schools is also enticing leading City law firms to come to the North. Manchester is proud to have one of the country’s largest law societies and is home to the ‘Manchester Young Solicitors Group’ and ‘Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group’, which both offer networking and development opportunities for the city’s Lawyers.
A large number of national law firms now have a well-established presence in Manchester. These include the likes of Addleshaw Goddard, DLA Piper, DWF, Eversheds Sutherland, Pinsent Masons and Irwin Mitchell.
The focus on property development around Manchester, is highly likely to attract even more leading law firms, due to the strategic positioning and modern, high-design, state of the art buildings, in a city with a thriving legal scene. On Thursday 9th June we will be celebrating this legal talent as Principal Sponsors of the Manchester Legal Awards!
As a Manchester headquartered firm, we are also very proud to be the Principal Sponsor for the Legal Awards once again this year, which will be held in Manchester City Centre. It is great to have the event back in The Midland Hotel and be able to attend in person, it is sure to be a great night!
With Manchester-based legal recruitment being central to what we do, we are grateful to be a part of the celebration, congratulating the excellent firms and Lawyers of the city. This will be the twelfth year that these awards have taken place. We are all looking forward to yet another exciting evening with the firms and Lawyers that we have built relationships with, over our 11 years of business.
Rhian Thompson is one of our Legal Recruitment Consultants who focuses on placing qualified Lawyers in top-tier law firms in Manchester and the North of England. Rhian will be attending the event with multiple others from our team, on Thursday 9th June. We look forward to seeing many of you there!