Law firm expands Belfast operation

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Pictured during a visit to Allen and Overy's office at Donegall Quay are Andrew Brammer, Head of Allen & Overy's Support Services Centre and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced that leading international law firm Allen & Overy is to create up to 67 new high quality jobs in Belfast.

The investment is being supported by Invest Northern Ireland, which has offered assistance of £348,400.

Allen & Overy is one of the world’s largest international law firms. The new jobs will be located at its existing Support and Legal Services Centre in Belfast which supports the delivery of legal services to the firm's global clients.

Of the 67 new jobs, 43 will be created in Northern Ireland as a result of role transfers from its US and European offices. The remaining 24 posts will be created as a result of projected natural growth at its Belfast office over the next three years.

Announcing the investment the Minister said: “This investment, which will create up to 67 new positions, is welcome and positive news for our economy and the legal services sector.

“Having located here in 2011, Allen & Overy has rapidly grown its presence and is already well ahead of its recruitment schedule with 300 people employed across a range of support and legal functions. The fact that this international firm plans to expand so soon after its initial investment clearly indicates that Northern Ireland has more than delivered in terms of skills, cost competitiveness and infrastructure.”

Andrew Brammer, Head of Allen & Overy's Support Services Centre, said: “Since our investment in 2011 we have been continually impressed with the contribution our Belfast office has made in supporting the delivery of high quality legal services to Allen & Overy’s international client base.

“We are ahead of where we thought we would be in terms of recruitment under the original investment as we have found a wealth of highly skilled and talented people from which to grow our operation. In a difficult global economy, Northern Ireland has provided us with an effective and competitive location from which to grow our business.”