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Law firms with Belfast operations could set up new offices in Dublin

By John Mulgrew

Published 20/09/2016

First Minister Arlene Foster
First Minister Arlene Foster

A number of law firms with bases in Belfast are eyeing up new offices in Dublin.

It's understood that includes Allen & Overy, which employs more than 400 staff in legal services here, and Pinsent Masons.

Allen & Overy did not wish to comment on whether there were any concerns it could move some of its operations to the Republic in the wake of Brexit.

A spokesman for Pinsent Masons said: "We have a market-leading Northern Ireland presence which naturally lends itself to elements of cross-border work and a number of important relationships in the Republic of Ireland. It is true that Dublin is an important legal market and will continue to be so in light of Brexit. We won't rule out anything that enhances our ability to service the global sectors in which we operate however at this stage we're comfortable with our existing and very successful platform - particularly in Belfast where we recently took new and expanded premises as part of the firm's growth and investment strategy."

It comes after First Minister Arlene Foster met with a series of law firms during an event in New York.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to address the major International Bar Association Conference in Washington where I will be telling over 6,000 delegates that legal services is one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy," she said.

"Northern Ireland now has an international and comprehensive legal cluster which includes top firms including Citi, Herbert Smith Freehills, Allen & Overy, Axiom Law and Baker & McKenzie."

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