Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Merger in the Law Sector Has Put Our City on the Map; ANTHONY BROWN Hails an Opportunity to Help Attract, Retain and Develop Skilled Talent in the Region

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Merger in the Law Sector Has Put Our City on the Map; ANTHONY BROWN Hails an Opportunity to Help Attract, Retain and Develop Skilled Talent in the Region

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Byline: ANTHONY BROWN

THESE are exciting times for Newcastle. The city is internationally renowned and well regarded for its knowledge-intensive industries and it's going from strength to strength.

In the realm of professional services some of the biggest names in accountancy, consultancy practices and the legal profession are all represented here in the North East.

Newcastle is giving other UK and European cities a run for their money when it comes to attracting and keeping large national and international businesses and clients.

Not only do we have the talent and expertise - not to mention the enviable quality of life - but running a business still costs considerably less here than in London and many other European capital cities without compromising on the quality of the service provided.

The pace of positive change has been accelerated still further with the news of our own merger and the introduction of another international professional services firm into the North East marketplace.

The combination of two leading insurance sector law firms sees Simpson & Marwick, which has been preeminent in Scotland for nearly 130 years, merge with international law firm, Clyde & Co, and brings another global business into the region.

For our staff, clients and the wider legal market, the merger is signifi-cant news and for the city and the North East it is another feather in its cap.

The impact of such a merger will be felt beyond the immediate workforce. For staff there are opportunities in being part of a much larger international organisation. Clients now have access to experts and offices across the globe - but closer to home and on the ground, having another professional services firm with a wide reach here on the doorstep creates the opportunity to help attract, retain and develop skilled talent in the region.

For anyone already in the profession, for the wider business community and for those embarking on a legal career now and in the future, it is encouraging that a large international business sees Newcastle as a key location in the development of its regional strategy. …

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