Top law firm Eversheds has expanded into Northern Ireland for the first time - opening a new office in Belfast city centre, it can be revealed.
Eversheds has opened a new office in Belfast to service business and public sector clients in Northern Ireland.
It has already moved into the Scottish Provident Building in the heart of the city.
It's the firm's 11th office in the UK and second in Ireland.
Belfast man Peter Curran is heading up the new office, and told the Belfast Telegraph the arm of the business is "effectively open now" and will cover general commercial law.
"Eversheds works in Northern Ireland, and deals with Northern Ireland clients, so there was an obvious gap in the coverage throughout the UK and Ireland."
A former partner at law firm Arthur Cox, Mr Curran said: "We are taking it easy and seeing how it goes, and we will develop it as needs require."
Mr Curran said the new base "increases the Eversheds footprint on the island of Ireland and in the UK, enabling us to service our clients in Northern Ireland and open up opportunities for them internationally through our 55 offices in 28 countries".
And Alan Murphy, managing partner of Eversheds in Ireland, said: "Throughout Ireland and the UK, Eversheds works closely with many public and private sector organisations and we look forward to serving our clients in Northern Ireland in unique and innovative ways."
It's the latest law firm to set up shop in Belfast, after several big names opened up offices here in the last few years.
The world's largest law firm, Baker & McKenzie, announced in August plans for its new global services centre in Belfast, creating 260 new jobs.
And just this month, the firm moved into its new City Quays 1 office - the first tenants at the Belfast Harbour-based development.
Meanwhile, London-based firm Allen & Overy announced in October it was adding a further 100 jobs to its already 380-strong workforce.
It's the second reinvestment by the firm in Belfast since it set up here in 2011.
And in April this year, US legal services firm Axiom revealed it was doubling its Belfast workforce with the creation of almost 100 new high-paid jobs.