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London lags behind Bradford, Leicester and Glasgow as a centre for UK law firm headquarters, according to a survey of managing partners.
According to Portman Travel’s survey of the qualities managing partners desire in a city in which to launch, Nottingham is favourite, followed by Manchester and Edinburgh.
London, one of the world’s most influential financial centres, features much further down the list at number eight.
Cambridge, where Charles Russell launched just last year, featured in the bottom 10, at number 56 out of the 65 cities polled.
Managing partner at Charles Russell, James Holder, said: “We see Cambridge as an excellent prospect in a town.
"It’s very exciting not just because of the university but also because of the high number of business parks there. We think it is very appealing actually.”
Charles Russell, which currently resides in temporary accomodation in Cambridge, will be moving into permanent premises later this year.
Towns such as Crawley, Eastbourne and Sutton Coldfield are left lagging behind at the bottom of the Portman Travel survey for their lack of appeal to well established law firms.
The most attractive cities are:
1. Nottingham 2. Manchester 3. Edinburgh 4. Birmingham 5. Glasgow 6. Bradford 7. Leicester 8. London 9. Bristol 10. Liverpool
The least attractive cities are:
56. Cambridge 57. Watford58. Blackburn 59. Crawley60. Slough 61. Gloucester 62. Eastbourne 63. Colchester 64. Oldham65. Sutton Coldfield
Anonymous | 25-Sep-2007 5:45 pm
Correct?Isn't Sutton Coldfield part of Birmingham? It seems the managing directors need to brush up on their geography...
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Anonymous | 25-Sep-2007 6:55 pm
Geography...'Isn't Sutton Coldfield part of Birmingham? 'Try asking that to a person from Sutton Coldfield...
Anonymous | 25-Sep-2007 7:31 pm
Watford CityWhen did Watford become a city (or many of the other towns mentioned here), or are they referring to Watford City North Dakota?
Digby Fletcher | 25-Sep-2007 8:10 pm
Sutton ColdfieldIt's as much part of Birmingham as Croydon is of London. My auntie lived there.
Anonymous | 26-Sep-2007 8:27 am
A City?Speaking as a brummie - Sutton Coldfield is (was??) part of Birmingham, but appears to have become a city overnight. How very asperational.
Anonymous | 26-Sep-2007 12:13 pm
Sutton ColdfieldSutton Coldfield (where I used to live) should be proud to feature 65th, since it has been placed in contention with "proper cities".Of course, what actually happened here was that there was a single reply from a single firm in Sutton - and the people who conduct these surveys have no concept of the statistical relevance (or otherwise) of a sample of 1.
RDT | 26-Sep-2007 1:27 pm
Sutton fiascoJust to get the record straight for all the Sutton Coldfield geeks out there. According to Birmingham City Council "Sutton Coldfield is a town within the city of Birmingham". This is because in 1974 Sutton was absorbed into Birmingham. Therefore Sutton is certainly not a city, but a town, and I guess arguably not divisible from Birmingham. However, as a Brummie I can say that no Brummie actually regards Sutton as part of Brum. However, as no one gives a damn what Brummies think all of the above should probably be ignored.
Anonymous | 26-Sep-2007 2:05 pm
Colchester?and what exactly makes Colchester worse than Slough?
Anonymous | 26-Sep-2007 8:45 pm
Watford City, Part 2I actually lived in Watford City, North Dakota (pop. 2,000) for a time as a youth. Don't knock it. The town doctor was a Glaswegian who emigrated to the US by way of Canada.
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