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In the past, Newcastle as a legal centre has rarely been mentioned in the same breath as Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester or even Bristol. The image of the northeast as a post-industrial region that had yet to regenerate itself to the extent of some of its rivals translated into a similarly poor view of the city’s professional services firms. These firms were not seen as having the expertise or the infrastructure to compete at a national or international level in the same way as their rivals in Yorkshire, Lancashire or the Midlands.

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