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Law practice Allen & Overy to create 50 jobs in latest recruitment drive

By John Mulgrew

An international law firm is hiring up to 50 new staff as part of its latest recruitment push in Northern Ireland.

Allen & Overy is looking for 30 IT staff and 20 other workers across a range of areas, including human resources, marketing and business support.

The firm is hosting a recruitment evening at its Donegall Quay office in Belfast next Thursday.

The company now employs more than 500 staff at its base in the city. Ciaran McCallion, head of human resources at the firm, said the Belfast office "plays a critical role in our business and underpins the way we deliver services to our clients and teams across the globe".

"We now employ over 500 people here, which makes Belfast our second largest office by headcount," he said.

"We're continuing to excel and want to attract and develop outstanding people in every area of the business.

"If you set yourself the highest standards, are keen to learn and advance, and are interested in becoming part of a global team, we want to hear from you."

Mr McCallion said "legal service is a knowledge-led business and technology is pivotal to everything we do".

"Across our firm, we seek to continually improve and enhance our systems and the way we do things," he said.

"Belfast is critical to that process and we're leading a significant and exciting upgrade that will support our people to deliver excellence and innovation."

The firm said the latest intake "coincides with a new major IT project, being led by Belfast teams, that will deliver a suite of leading-edge tools" to Allen & Overy's network of 44 offices worldwide.

"This project alone will see more than 30 people join Allen & Overy on 12-month contracts with opportunities to travel within its international network," it said.

Allen & Overy is a London-based firm and is one of the world's largest practices.

In 2014, it announced it was creating an additional 100 jobs here.

That was its second reinvestment in Belfast since it set up in the city in 2011. Allen & Overy has around 5,000 staff and 525 partners worldwide.

Belfast is now home to a number of international law firms who have set up support centres here, attracted by Northern Ireland's large number of law graduates and Invest NI assistance.

Herbert Smith Freehills became the first global legal firm to open in the city in 2011, at the Gasworks, followed by Allen & Overy later that year.

Since then, US firm Baker McKenzie has continually grown its City Quays office in Belfast, after setting up shop in 2014.

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