Ward Hadaway has shelved plans for a Manchester office launch, preferring to ride out the recession before making a firm commitment.
The North East firm planned to launch the office this year, but a source close to the firm said it now hoped to move forward with the plan in 2010.
“Launching any office is a challenge, particularly at the beginning,” said the source. “We want to focus on what we’re doing in Leeds before moving on to Manchester. We’re taking a measured approach.”
Last year the Newcastle-headquartered firm launched in Leeds after hiring five partners and two associates from local rivals (The Lawyer, 9 June 2008).
The Leeds office is headed by partner Andrew Hoyle, who joined the firm in April 2007 after being ousted from arch-rival Watson Burton.