Law firm expands into Leeds as it views growth

Duncan Weir, managing partner of Bevan Brittan.
Duncan Weir, managing partner of Bevan Brittan.
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A national law firm is targetting expansion in the North with the opening of an office in Leeds.

Bevan Brittan is expecting to recruit seven partners, together with a supporting team of legal professionals and administrative staff for the office in Toronto Square, Leeds.

The firm has already announced Michael Boyd and Julie Cowan-Clark as the first two partners, both joining from DWF in Leeds.

Duncan Weir, managing partner of Bevan Brittan, said: “We are excited to be opening an office in Leeds and with it a new chapter in the development of Bevan Brittan. Our move is in response to client demand and cements our status as a growing firm delivering national public, private and third sector work.

“We are an ambitious firm with aspirations for sustainable growth, which is why we are making a significant investment and bringing in some of the very best talent in the UK, across both public sector and private specialisms.”

The firm already works widely with clients in the region but hopes the opening of the office will bolster its presence further.

Mr Weir said: “Leeds is a major commercial centre in its own right and also a key centre for the public sector, taking a lead role in the Core Cities programme and housing NHS England’s national HQ. As such, it makes strong strategic sense for us to have a base in Leeds.

“Our commitment to this investment is reinforced by the fact that our senior partner, Beth Evans, will be based in our new Leeds office to support its opening and growth.”

Ms Cowan-Clark, who has more than 15 years’ property experience across the public and private sector, said: “Bevan Brittan is a pro-active, forward thinking and enthusiastic firm that provides high quality commercial support to clients across the public and private sector. I am delighted to be joining an experienced national team and being part of the expansion into Leeds.”

Mr Boyd is a healthcare lawyer and has specialised in commercial issues affecting the NHS for nearly 20 years.

The opening takes the Bevan’s offices to four - alongside London, Birmingham and Bristol.