Today the Manchester Evening News reported that Construction Partner from Davies Arnold Cooper, Colin Moore is off to Dubai to join property giant, where he joins the ever increasing number of solicitors moving in house or abroad.
Mr Moore, 45, a married father-of-two, has become head of legal at DAMAC, where he will lead a team of 20 solicitors worldwide. The former plumber trained at Halliwells in Manchester, then ran his own practice in Old Trafford before it merged with Davies Arnold Cooper in 2006.
His move comes as demand rises for in-house lawyers among companies across the North West.
One recent report said top firms, under pressure during the economic downturn, were cutting their spending on outside legal advice by hiring lawyers. Shorter hours, more flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to gain commercial experience are proving a big lure for lawyers in practice.
Mark Levine, a director at city centre legal recruitment business BCL Legal, said finding solicitors for in-house roles was a growing part of its business. BCL Legal has recruited for companies such as AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, United Utilities, SSL International, PZ Cussons and Holidaybreak during recent months. “Corporates are looking at the financial aspect, and closely tied to that see the value they get from having in-house legal teams, in terms of their knowledge of their organisation,” said Mr Levine. “For the lawyers themselves, there are positive and negative reasons for moving. Those who enjoy commercial work see great opportunities, while those who perhaps don’t see themselves becoming partners are attracted into industry.”
There are 108407 solicitors in England and Wales with practising certificates, of these 25850 are in industry or local government.
If you are looking to recruit legal staff to work within your business please contact the in house legal team at BCL Legal. We advise companies across the country and can advise you of the benefits of having your own in house legal advisor. For further information contact Mark Levine or Ruth Taylor on 0845 241 0933 or firstname.lastname@example.org