Fieldfisher creates 125 legal jobs in NI

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Fieldfisher creates 125 legal jobs in NI


Fieldfisher employs just over 1,000 staff in 22 offices around the world. Stock image
Fieldfisher employs just over 1,000 staff in 22 offices around the world. Stock image

EUROPEAN law firm Fieldfisher is expanding into Northern Ireland, creating 125 legal services jobs in Belfast.

The roles, at offices in the Titanic Quarter, will pay average salaries in the region of £25,000. Around 10 employees are already in place at the premises.

Fieldfisher employs just over 1,000 staff in 22 offices around the world.

Yesterday’s announcement follows the company’s merger with Holywood Co Down-based Donaldson Legal Consulting last November.

Managing partner Alison Donaldson, who will head the Belfast operation, said future expansion could involve additional office space in the Titanic Quarter and in Holywood.

Invest NI, which is providing £630,000 (€703,000)to support Fieldfisher’s move, said an influx of global legal firms had created around 1,300 jobs in the North since 2011.

Allen and Overy, Herbert Smith Freehills, and Axiom and Baker McKenzie have all expanded into Belfast in recent years. Last month, US law firm Baker McKenzie announced plans to expand its Belfast office, creating 150 new posts.

Invest NI CEO Alastair Hamilton said the economic support agency has been actively targeting legal firms for the past seven years.

He said the pool of 600 legal graduates coming out of Northern Irish universities every year remains a massive incentive.

“Historically the graduates have left here and gone elsewhere and we want to provide an opportunity for some of those legal graduates to find employment with blue-chips firms here in Northern Ireland.”

Irish Independent

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