Axiom to open Belfast base with £1.6m public cash injection

Axiom has launched a new delivery centre in Belfast after being offered up to £1.6m in public funding to make the move.

The new office houses teams of lawyers and paralegals providing managed services to companies and general counsel, and could create around 102 jobs in the city by 2014.

Regional development agency Invest Northern Ireland, which has already given funding to Allen & Overy and Herbert Smith for their expansions into Belfast (4 February 2011), has offered Axiom up to £1.1m over eight years for the launch. Additionally, the Department of Employment and Learning has offered up to £500,000 for skills development under its Assured Skills programme.

According to Northern Ireland enterprise minister Arlene Foster, Axiom’s new delivery centre will “employ over 100 lawyers and paralegals and pay salaries significantly above the Northern Ireland private sector median, contributing almost £4m a year to the local economy”.

In a statement, Axiom co-founder and CEO Mark Harris, said: “In terms of industry norms, we’re building a very different type of operation in Belfast. Our centre here is exclusively focused on client-facing teams undertaking complex work. As a result, we searched for a location that offered a high-quality talent pool of experienced lawyers and ambitious law graduates.”

Axiom looked at cities like Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester, as well as Cape Town, before being swayed by Belfast’s talent pool.

Axiom has 11 offices across the US, UK and Asia, and employs around 800 professionals.