Baker McKenzie’s legal service center in Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

Baker McKenzie is set to expand its Belfast legal service center with an additional 150 staff, increasing head count in the support base by 50 percent.

The international firm has taken on extra floor space in the City Quays development in Belfast where it currently employs almost 300 staff, after reaching an agreement with Belfast Harbour commissioners.

The base, which will now have room for 450 employees, opened in August 2014 when it became the firm’s second support center after the launch of its base in Manila in the Philippines in 2000.

The Belfast team provides more than 30 legal and business services, including finance, corporate support, marketing and IT.

“The growth of our Belfast office has been a remarkable success story that would not have been possible without the exceptional pool of talent here from both legal and business backgrounds, which has allowed us to create highly skilled and specialized opportunities in Northern Ireland,” Baker McKenzie Belfast executive director James Richards said.

Baker McKenzie’s move to Belfast in 2014 followed similar initiatives by Herbert Smith Freehills and Allen & Overy in 2011.

Last year, Baker McKenzie joined Allen & Overy in investing in a new legal innovation center at the University of Ulster. The center will undertake research into legal technology and train students and lawyers in the use of such technology, including cloud-based law practice management platforms and software used for preparing legal bundles and electronic presentation in court.