Freshfields plans to create a new legal support and technology development hub in Berlin, in a move that could lead to the creation of 100 new jobs.
The planned hub will be based in Freshfields’ existing Berlin office and, according to the firm, will not result in any job losses.
About 40 of the new positions will be fintech or legal tech jobs, while approximately 60 will be legal support positions, the firm said. The hub is expected to serve the whole of continental Europe.
Freshfields currently has six partners and some 130 staff in Berlin.
The new Berlin hub comes after the Magic Circle firm opened a back office and legal support center in Manchester in 2015, which now houses approximately 700 staff.
That number is expected to grow as Freshfields prepares to hire lawyers, associates and others in Manchester.
Freshfields previously considered launching a low-cost base in Canada, but later scrapped the plan. The American Lawyer’s U.K.-based sibling publication Legal Week previously reported it was also considering opening such a base in the Asia Pacific.
In 2015 the firm laid off 30 Dusseldorf IT support staff after announcing plans to merge the office with one in Cologne.
Freshfields also offered buyouts to all of its London secretarial staff at the start of last year, amid a push by the firm to overhaul its business to increase efficiency.