Hogan Lovells' Birmingham base shows near-shoring trend is gathering pace
On the face of things, it's easy to lump all of the latest law firm near-shoring ventures together, putting Hogan Lovells' planned Birmingham launch alongside previous moves by Allen & Overy (A&O) and Herbert Smith Freehills into Belfast, and Ashurst into Glasgow. But there are clear differences in how firms use these low-cost bases. And, in contrast to Ashurst and A&O, where the overwhelming majority of the roles are business services, Hogan Lovells' move is focusing squarely on legal positions. Inevitable perhaps, given it announced plans last month to launch a business services centre in Johannesburg, following its merger with South African firm Routledge Modise in December.
On the face of things, it’s easy to lump all of the latest law firm near-shoring ventures together, putting Hogan Lovells’ planned Birmingham launch alongside previous moves by Allen & Overy (A&O) and Herbert Smith Freehills into Belfast, and Ashurst into Glasgow.
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