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International law firm heading to ‘vibrant’ Liverpool

A UK top 20 law firm which employs over 1,000 lawyers in 32 countries around the world has announced plans to open a new office in Liverpool.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson says the firm’s decision further underlines the private sector’s growing confidence to invest in the city.

Taylor Wessing will open its new office in September, initially with a small number of new legal service roles as well as local operational support.

The firm is also proposing to move its Business Acceptance team, a key function that the firm will be investing in to meet the “increasing demands of the business and regulatory environment”.

At first, the office will open in flexible premises while the team and new working practices are embedded and appropriate long-term office space is secured.

A partner of the firm will lead the office, where 12 roles will be based – with ambitions to grow to 25 legal and business services professionals within its first quarter of operation.

It’s understood Taylor Wessing is currently reviewing a number of options in Liverpool for its new base.

Tim Eyles, managing partner at Taylor Wessing (pictured), says: “We work with our clients in dynamic, expanding markets and our service delivery must evolve to reflect that.

“Having enjoyed a period of strong growth, I’m pleased that we can continue our upward curve of investment in future operations.

“This is about providing a catalyst for long-term reinvention to continue to deliver a better service, being smart with our resources and continuing to invest in more people – we will need them.

“Liverpool is a vibrant city that, like Taylor Wessing, provides an environment which enables creativity to thrive.”

Mayor Anderson adds: “It is fantastic to welcome Taylor Wessing, a successful and expanding international firm to Liverpool.

“The firm’s decision to locate here, like the Royal College of Physicians and many other prestigious organisations, further underlines the private sector’s growing confidence to invest in our city.

“Taylor Wessing engaged warmly with us during the process of choosing their new operation location, so we have got to know them well and we are looking forward to this union going from strength to strength.”