Ashurst's near-shoring move into Scotland – positive job creation or anti-competitive?
After publicly courting senior partners for almost a year, the Scottish Government's economic development arm scored its first major catch last week when UK top 20 law firm Ashurst announced it is to open a 150-strong support centre in Glasgow. Ashurst's decision to set up a base in Scotland comes after the local Government last summer opened up an incentivised scheme to include law firms that is aimed at attracting international businesses to the country following the success of a similar initiative in Northern Ireland. Belfast has proved an attractive destination in which to open low-cost support centres, with both Allen & Overy (A&O) and legacy Herbert Smith securing financial support from Invest Northern Ireland to launch bases there in 2011.
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