Trowers & Hamlins is set to open a new office in Birmingham, with a focus on providing low-cost legal services to the affordable housing sector.
The new office will open on 4 July. It will build on Trowers’ existing network of UK offices in London, Exeter and Manchester as well as the five it has in the Middle East.
Senior partner Jonathan Adlington said: “We are broadening our national network so that we are better positioned to meet the wide ranging needs of our clients across the UK. Having researched the market and in response to the needs of our clients, we know that can can deliver a more bespoke and cost-effective service by being based in the region.”
The opening follows news last month that Trowers had closed its office in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, amid wider industry criticism about the viability of its remaining Middle East practice and recent exit of partners and associates in the region (23 May).
The new Birmingham office, at 10 Colmore Row, will concentrate initially on the affordable housing sector although it said there are plans to grow the new outpost to cover other disciplines.
Housing projects senior partner Sara Bailey will head the office, joined by London partner Jeremy Hunt and lateral hires Rebecca McGuirk and Yetunde Dania who have joined as partners from Shoosmiths.
Adlington added: “It’s important that we respond to the changing needs of the market. Many of our clients based in London and the South East are looking to their lawyers to deliver a more cost-effective service for some of their work and utilising regional offices is one of the ways we can achieve this.”