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For decades, Sheffield had a reputation for being an industrial and manufacturing mecca which is something to be really proud of. However, times do change and it’s been fascinating to see how the legal and other professional industries have taken hold. With all of this in mind, I was really interested to read that Sheffield would be one of the four recipients of the new £1.4 billion regional growth fund which only goes to further confirm the belief people have in the city as a major area for growth in the North of England. This news also comes at a vital time as it builds on the massive regeneration programmes that have transformed both the city’s physical infrastructure and the economy’s confidence.
All of this is great news for Sheffield and therefore its law firms – especially after the recent openings by Hill Dickinson, RJW and Kennedys. A lot like Manchester, firms in Sheffield have grasped opportunities despite the current difficult climate so strategic developments like these will only help to sustain a growing and diverse legal community. I’m not denying that we are still in challenging times but investments – both from the private and public sectors – will trickle down and provide opportunities for firms and individuals in the coming years.