One of world's largest law firms to open Belfast office: Baker & McKenzie create 250 new jobs
Law firm is to expand its operations to Northern Ireland
One of the world's largest law firms is to expand its operations to Belfast with the creation of more than 250 new jobs.
Baker & McKenzie has set its sights on Northern Ireland and is bringing the new posts with the opening of its 'global services centre'.
Based in Belfast, 70 staff will be appointed in 'legal services' with a further 185 in support roles.
That includes IT, human resources and payroll.
The new positions will offer an average salary of £31,000.
The firm - which recently announced an annual incomes of over $2.5 billion - will begin recruiting in September.
It currently boasts an 11,0000 strong workforce across 47 countries, providing legal services to some of the world's largest firms.
The company's chairman, Eduardo Leite said the latest expansion will "further enhance our ambition to lead our profession globally and offer our clients exceptional service wherever they are in the world".
According to Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, the new jobs could add £8 million in salaries to the Northern Ireland economy each year.
"With roles available across a variety of functions this investment will provide a wide range of opportunities for people at various stages of their career, from graduates to legal and other professionals," he said.
"The firm is also keen to work closely with our universities to help develop curricula that will produce graduates with industry-relevant skills, making Northern Ireland an even more attractive to other global legal firms."
Invest NI has supported the expansion with £1.3 million.
Jason Marty, executive director of Baker & McKenzie's new Belfast operation said the company had been persuaded that "Northern Ireland offers an excellent location for our needs".
"We believe we can offer great opportunities to legal and other professionals in Northern Ireland wanting to work for the world's largest law firm," he said.