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The Liverpool Legal Market Heats Up for Capital of Culture 2008


Liverpool’s National and Commercial law firms continue to enjoy a strong run up to Capital of Culture 2008. Weightmans, Halliwells, Hill Dickinson and Brabners Chaffe Street amongst others have reported a significant increase in turnover in the last financial year and have all recruited substantially in 2007. Global heavyweight DLA Piper has continued to headline with several high profile instructions.

Weightmans LLP has won significant contracts with household name clients and recruited heavily into their Employment, Public Sector and Insurance teams in particular. Sian Evans has also been a significant addition to the Commercial Litigation team having joined from JST Lawyers. James See, Recruitment Manager at Weightmans LLP told BCL Legal that "the over the last 12 months Weightmans has seen tremendous growth and development. Once more we have been able to build on our success and attract new people and clients to work with us. Our reputation is growing and our market position in many areas is becoming stronger.”

Hill Dickinson has continued to revel in their title of Official Solicitors for Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008 and is enjoying a period of sustained growth in Liverpool as well as Manchester and London.

Halliwells and Brabners Chaffe Street both have ambitious targets for growth over the next 2 years and have already taken significant strides to this end in 2007.

Looking at the landscape of Liverpool City Centre itself, the development is there for all to see. Non-contentious lawyers in a variety of disciplines are particularly in demand as a result. Construction, PFI, Employment, Commercial and Commercial Property lawyers are in high demand in what has become an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Gareth McGhee of BCL Legal specialises in recruiting Solicitors into law firms across all disciplines in Merseyside and Cheshire. If you would like information in relation to employment within Private Practice, please contact Gareth McGhee on 0161 209 3300.


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