In recent years, Leeds has soared in popularity as a business hub for a number of different sectors, and legal is no exception as the city continues to flourish.
Over the last few years, regeneration, the growth of the Northern Powerhouse and the increase in the number of businesses choosing to move away from London means that cities like Leeds have been able to prosper by proving themselves as fantastic places to do business.
In Leeds, this has allowed the city to welcome companies from all sectors to the area, bringing a wealth of jobs and skills with them, as well as improving prospects for a number of different sectors that are already operating in the West Yorkshire hub.
And now, a new conference set to take place in Leeds this month is being held to position the city as a growth market for a sector in which it has the potential to grow impressively. For some time, Leeds has had something of a burgeoning legal sector present, but the Leeds Conference, which takes place on June 14th at Leeds Civic Hall, is looking to boost the profile of the city in the legal world as a way to attract all new investment, businesses and talent.
Leeds 'home to some of the best legal minds'
Bill Barton, incoming president of the Leeds Law Society, which is organising the event, said that the point of the conference will be to show off what the city has to offer the legal sector on a wider scale. He said that at present, there are already many businesses in this sector in Leeds, but that highlighting the potential the city has can only help to position it even more strongly in legal circles.
“Leeds is home to some of the best legal minds in the UK who are acting for clients across the world," said Mr Barton, before adding that there are a number of benefits to the legal sector of operating in Leeds. This includes the fact it is home to some of the most ambitious businesses and graduates, and that the companies therein can offer world-class services at a more competitive price point than those in London can afford to.
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, also said Leeds has a lot to offer the legal sector in terms of the attraction of top-class talent fresh from university who are keen to find the right role. She said that Leeds-based companies are offering some of the most innovative apprenticeship schemes in the UK at present, which is allowing the profession to be opened up to exciting young talent from across the world.
Access to world-class office spaces and amenities are among the other reasons that Leeds has prospered as a centre for other sectors such as finance and digital. Their success stories represent a template that the legal sector could use as a launch pad for its own success.
Leeds business success stories
If the legal sector needs any inspiration when it comes to investing in Leeds as a thriving place to do business, then all it needs to do is look at the other boom sectors that have flourished in the city in recent years.
According to Leeds City Council, growth sectors in the city across the last ten years have included business services, finance, digital and creative, and medical technologies. Its ability to provide strong graduate numbers and modern office spaces means that Leeds has the second-highest concentration of knowledge-intensive jobs.
In the digital sector alone, which had little in the way of a presence outside of London until relatively recently, the council said Leeds is now home to more than 1,350 companies, and employs more than 10,000 people in the sector. And it's a similar story elsewhere, with finance and business services equally proving the worth of Leeds as a city in which to do business.
When it comes to the growth of new sectors, seeing previous success stories and how they came to be can be a huge advantage to have. And with Leeds having had a wealth of evidence in recent years of how strong infrastructure, commercial space and talent can benefit businesses, any effort to establish it as a centre for legal excellence is in a great place to find success.