Yorkshire / NorthEast: Newcastle United
At the latest in Legal Week's series of regional roundtables, six of Newcastle's leading lawyers consider the city's transformation from commercial backwater to credible business centre and trace the path from here. Derek Bedlow reports
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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