Ashurst Herbert Smith Freehills Hogan Lovells Hogan Lovells to launch onshore low-cost centre in Birmingham By Lucy Burton 3 March 2014 15:00 17 December 2015 11:34 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 3 March 2014 at 17:44 It begs the question why are so many of the firm’s lawyers based in such an expensive location. If firms want to save clients money why not have more lawyers working outside of London Reply Link Edie Brit 3 March 2014 at 18:43 @5.44pm raises an interesting point, there will however be always be a draw to London such as technology is attracted globally to Silicon Valley and locally to Old Street. An allied to point to this is why law firms do not encourage more home working as a way of cutting costs on real estate, and also potentially happier employees not commuting? The answer to this is the culture of ‘bums on seats’ that is still the norm in most city firms. Reply Link Anonymous 3 March 2014 at 19:51 I have been advocating this for years – why on earth would a firm want to centralise all of its lawyers into one expensive London location. There are many lawyers who would jump at the chance to do what they do in nicer surroundings – I do 90%+ of my job from my desk; it would hardly be any more difficult from Birmingham, Oxford or anywhere else. Yes, I might need to get on a train to come into London once in a while, but in the past month I have had to do that to see clients outside of London more frequently than I have actually met them here. And another thing – some of those lawyers may actually be capable of doing more than DD – why so shortsighted as to only give them grunt work. Reply Link dickp 3 March 2014 at 20:44 When will it be Cardiff’s turn to become a near-shoring hotspot? After all, the Welsh government is chucking money at professional service firms to come to the city. http://wales.gov.uk/topics/businessandeconomy/help/enterprisezones/?lang=en Reply Link Yosser Hughes 4 March 2014 at 11:04 Don’t forget Scunthorpe! Give us a job. Reply Link John 7 March 2014 at 17:39 So, when the London office calls with some work… “Anything for YOU, cupcake” Reply Link Anonymous 12 March 2014 at 14:24 Birmingham is too good for these spoilt London lawyers Reply Link Anonymous 8 August 2014 at 16:33 If the work is (as would be logical) simply an extension of Hog Lov’s London work – just at a lower cost to clients, the smart money is definitely on this starting a trend… Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.