National law firm Shoosmiths has signalled its intent to substantially grow its share of the Northern Irish market after moving into bigger and better offices in the heart of Belfast’s legal district.
Head of office Jason Byrne has been at the forefront of the move to the new premises in East Bridge Street.
Jason said: “The firm as a whole has an ambitious growth strategy, and the Belfast office has its own role to play in delivering on that vision. Since Shoosmiths entered the Northern Irish market we have been primarily focused on recoveries and commercial financial services, but two recent real estate partners have seen us move into new territory to expand our legal services. This is just the tip of the iceberg and these offices will give us a springboard to attract further talent across all of our divisions.
“These long-awaited new premises really are a watershed moment for the Belfast teams. We have all worked tremendously hard and been extremely patient to finally have an office befitting the Shoosmiths brand and we can’t wait to show it off to friends, clients and colleagues alike.”
Shoosmiths has operated in Belfast since December 2016, when it merged with local firm McManus Kearney. The move into the Northern Irish market was client-driven, in line with the firm’s strategy, as a way of providing a truly UK-wide service.
The new office is a contemporary refurbished Grade A office building covering 6,620 sq ft with a 410 sq ft terrace and the interior is all on-brand. It is situated in the heart of Belfast’s legal district right beside the High Court and within a five minute walk of the main central train station. The office has a high quality finish with seven individually themed meeting rooms of various sizes and promotes an agile working ethos in its staff.