Law firms in the South East are enjoying one of their busiest periods. The buoyant M&A market has not been confined to City law firms, and corporate lawyers in the Home Counties have been enjoying their fair share of deals.
However, development and regeneration remains a key driver in the South East legal market. As UK migration continues southward and companies seek a base in and around the London region, the South East continues to be the focus of many of the Government's regeneration and housing projects.
Firms in the region are benefiting from the attention and have been keen to capitalise on this activity. The Thames Gateway regeneration project and even the Olympics are all providing plenty of opportunities. However, government-led regeneration is not without its pitfalls, and as this South East Special Report discusses, spiralling public enthusiasm, conservation issues and a lack of funding must all be overcome if these projects are to become anything more than mere hype.