Out-of-London is the new London

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  • Then clearly there is scope for Leeds to step it up and provide an environment where the City boys will want to take their place here. Leeds to London, 2 hours 15 mins on the train, a plethora of successful businesses who have a foot each in London and Leeds. The stream of lawyers who have headed to the capital, spent time trudging on the tube and would now relish a return to a firm opening up in the North as per the article is certainly evident. Salaries would need to be reflective of course and the scope of work could well see positions being split between the capital and the north - at least initially.

    But I digress. Leeds needs to step up to the plate, because Manchester is certainly top of the legal league now outside on London.

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  • It has always baffled me that whilst leading firms recognise the benefits of locating outside of central London, including the avoidance of sky high property prices, some still have not realised that many very experienced Counsel have also chosen to locate in cities such as Leeds and Manchester not only for the improved quality of life (National parks on the doorstep etc) but also the quality and volume of work.

    If such Solicitors prefer paying through the nose for the cost of very expensive central London chambers then so be it!

    You may lead a solicitor to water but you may not make him drink from the pool of experienced talent (and often - call by call - far more experienced) in Leeds and Manchester who cost less simply because they have far less overheads.

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  • There's another obvious ommission: Cardiff. Odd, considering that the Welsh assembly is throwing subsidies at professional service firms looking to establish in the city. Evening standard readers may have noticed a slew of recent adverts on this point. Or perhaps they didn't...

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  • Newcastle is the obvious disaggregation location. Three major universities. Only one major law firm. Famously low salaries. It's obvious really.

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  • Yorkshire Development Agency had all its funding taken away in July 2011 and closed in March 2012. Might be a coincidence?

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  • Yes, the North East does make sense. Probably the Tees Valley more than Newcastle (as costs are slightly higher in Newcastle).

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  • Well if you look at someone like Irwin Mitchell, small offering in London and cheap labour and premises in Sheffield / Birmingham.

    I was surprising that Slater & Gordon still have so many people in London, especially in the support services, now with the new offices they might do the commercial thing and move most people out 'up north', it would improve their bottom line massively.

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