Providing a new lease of life
Law firms have a key role in the regeneration of Yorkshire cities, moving from a purely commercial role to playing an active part in the development of their communities. Jonathan Wright looks at the impact firms are having in Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield
The links that law firms have forged with regeneration organisations in Yorkshire have become historic. When the Government first launched regeneration projects in the region, lawyers were at the sharp end, advising urban development companies on complex legal issues such as compulsory purchase of land and brokering agreements between private and public sector organisations to get projects moving. The legal community was involved from the start in regeneration projects that have transformed Leeds and Sheffield from declining industrial cities in the mid-1980s, to the centres of financial services that they have become today.
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