International law firm Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP (BLG) has opened a city centre office in Manchester.
The new office is the firm’s second UK premises outside of London and the first in the North of England. BLG has offices in London, Oxford, Hong Kong, São Paulo, Singapore and Shanghai.
Renowned for its insurance and dispute resolution expertise, BLG has taken 7800 sq ft at the 14-storey Chancery Place office building on Brown Street.
The Manchester office will initially focus on a broad range of casualty work, including employers’ liability, public liability and motor liability.
Robert Muttock and Mark Hemsted, who both joined BLG from DLA Piper in Manchester, are leading the practice. Robert and Mark have extensive experience of defending claims on behalf of insurers and the public sector, and they are supported by a team of ten associates and secretaries.
BLG is establishing a professional liability practice out of Manchester and hopes to announce several significant new hires shortly.
Robert Muttock said: “This is a very exciting opportunity. Manchester is a vibrant city and BLG is a leader in insurance litigation across the board. Insurers want greater choice and flexibility, and the office in Manchester increases BLG’s national coverage, allowing us to better serve our clients.”
In setting up their Manchester office, BLG has been working with MIDAS, Manchester’s investment and development agency, to firmly establish their presence in the city region. Through MIDAS, the firm has gained support with introductions to important business networks, as well as valuable economic data and industry statistics.
Sarah Darch, business development manager for the financial and professional services sector at MIDAS, said: “The arrival of BLG into Manchester bears testament to the increasing strength of the sector in the city region. As the leading UK legal centre outside of London, we’re seeing more and more specialist firms like BLG look to Manchester as a viable base from which to serve their existing customers and tap into new client markets. We’re delighted that BLG is here and will continue to support them as they grow.”