Halliwells set for London assault

Halliwells is gearing up for an assault on the London market after investing in new City premises.

The firm, which currently operates from two separate offices in the City, will take up 23,200sq ft at 1 Threadneedle Street from November.

Managing partner Ian Austin said: “It’s a tremendous defining moment for the London office. It’s a big springboard for us to move forward in the London area.”

Lawyers in the corporate, real estate, corporate recovery, employment, insurance, commercial and property litigation teams will be housed over four floors of the building.

The move signals Halliwells’ plans to have a significant presence in London. The building offers opportunities for further expansion, and the lease runs for an initial five years. Leases on Halliwells’ other two buildings end in May.

“We’re 200 per cent committed to London,” Austin added.

The news comes shortly after Halliwells announced plans to move into a purpose-built 130,000sq ft building in Manchester. That move should take place in 2007.