BANGING A DRUM FOR YORKSHIRE: THE BEST LAWYERS AND THE BEST CRICKETERS (I’LL KEEP QUIET ABOUT FOOTBALL)
Having spent yesterday seeing concrete evidence of the depth and breadth of talent in Yorkshire (as one of judges on the Yorkshire Legal Awards) I arrived home to find information about the development of the courts and legal profession in Leeds – the new Business and Property Court in particular. I am planning a series on procedure in the new court and I will highlight the role of the court outside London in future posts. My experience yesterday demonstrated that legal talent lies throughout Yorkshire and is not confined to one city.
LEEDS (AND YORKSHIRE) IS GROWING
Leeds is the fastest growing legal hub in the UK. The Leeds Law Society website states:-
“Research unveiled at the Leeds Conference showed that the city has seen the strongest growth in the number of new jobs and law firms of any major UK legal centre this decade, surpassing the City of London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.
The research also showed that the sector will generate estimated economic output of £300m in 2017.”
THE BUSINESS AND PROPERTY COURT IN LEEDS
In October Leeds becomes one of the five regional centres for the Business and Property Court. The Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos, spoke about a meeting of the profession.
“I am delighted about the enthusiasm, even excitement that the launch of the Business & Property Courts has generated amongst the legal community and business users generally, both in the regions and in Leeds.”
Sue Harris, chair of the Leeds Law Society’s Court Liaison Group said.
“Leeds is a very important legal centre and the changes promise to enhance the connection between the work undertaken in this region and London.
“This development is welcome as it builds on the commitment from the judiciary, Court Service and practitioners in Leeds, to ensure that first-rate access to justice continues to be available for businesses and other court users in our region.”
CASES TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE LONDON TOO
The main purpose of this post is to encourage lawyers, anywhere outside London, to submit cases to Thompson Reuters. They are anxious to gather cases from as wide a pool as possible (as am I by the way).
“Thomson Reuters would like to hear from you about recent cases, particularly in the regions
Thomson Reuters are always looking to increase the accessibility of case law on Westlaw UK and Lawtel. They are also keen to ensure that they can select from cases heard in the regional centres alongside those heard in London. With that in mind, Thomson Reuters would welcome submissions from practitioners and others to the following email address: