North-East firm Jacksons is to open an office in Leeds to cash in on the city's booming insurance market.
It will open in the new year and will be staffed by a single partner. The firm is still deciding who that will be.
Jacksons' move reflects a shift in insurance work from the Manchester legal market eastwards to Leeds.
Industry insiders say Leeds has become the new centre for insurance work in the North.
Richard Clarke, head of Jacksons' insurance litigation department, says: “Opening an office in Leeds is an important development and a natural extension of the firm from its existing offices.
He adds: “We already do a substantial amount of work in the Leeds area and beyond, so it makes sense to have people on the spot to deal with it and to be more accessible for clients.
“Although we anticipate that most of the work will be for insurance clients in the first place, we hope to quickly develop this to other areas of commercial work.”
The 18-partner firm is known primarily for its insurance litigation work and counts eight out of the top 10 insurance companies among its clients.
Jacksons is based in Stockton-on-Tees, Teeside, and it also has an office in Newcastle and Middlesbrough.
In Leeds it will be competing against Dibb Lupton Alsop and Hammond Suddards.
The move arrives as Jacksons faces increased competition in the Newcastle region as last week Berrymans Lace Mawer announced it will open in the North East by taking over local insurance specialist Lynsley & Mortimer.