Baltis and the Bullring are arguably the things most closely associated with Birmingham - lawyering comes in third, at best.
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008, 10.45 Hammonds: Brum, building, a baby and a barrister
Baltis and the Bullring are arguably the things most closely associated with Birmingham - lawyering comes in third at best.
So why on earth has Hammonds made seven of its 19 partner promotions there?
Looking at the breakdown is a clue. Three of the seven new partners are in the urban regeneration field: property and construction.
The other four are all in arenas that are needed once regeneration has taken place: commercial, employment, pensions and tax strategies.
In short, Hammonds is tooling itself with a one-stop shop for regeneration and beyond in Brum. Doesn't exactly fit with the firm's vision to become more European, but then a good gig is a good gig, right?
Melanie Williams, one of the new property partners, claims that the Birmingham lawyers don't work separately from their European counter-parts. "We have dealings with them such as going to Mipim," she says.
Williams says that she was inspired to become a lawyer as a child.
"My parents divorced when I was very young and came under the care of a female barrister. When I saw how she had managed to make a great career for herself I knew I could too," she explains.
A stalwart Brummie, she confirms Birmingham is a growth office due to that city's regeneration boom, but denies that work hailing from outside the region is only from businesses keen to cut cost on low-priority projects by sending them outside London.
"If the talent is in Birmingham then that's where the work will go - it's not just about saving money," she concludes.
Brum: Sunny Regeneration: Heatwave Women: Cloudy with breaks of sunshine Europe: Patchy showers