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Norton Rose Fulbright doubles North East presence after successful first year; The legal firm will create more than 70 jobs over the next year at its Newcastle legal process hub.

Byline: Coreena Ford

Leading law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is doubling its North East presence after a successful first year in Newcastle.

The firm -- which has more than 4,000 lawyers and other key staff across the world -- launched its legal process hub last November to serve its network of 54 global offices with innovative solutions tapping into new technology.

Having grown from an initial team of four to a 70-strong hub on one floor at Quayside House, Norton Rose Fulbright has taken a second floor to double its capacity, while announcing plans to grow staffing levels to more than 140 in the next 12 months.

The business initially ran a pilot hub in Regus offices for a year before cementing its commitment to the region, and has now invested significant sums into creating a modern office environment with a contemporary kitchen, a cafe and bar, complete with first floor terrace overlooking the River Tyne, living moss walls and several breakout areas to entice in potential workers.

The Legal Process Hub explores and trials the use of new innovative legal technology, plus collects and analyses data for research for the benefit of clients and the firm.

The company was keen to set up in Newcastle to tap into talent emerging from North East universities where computer science courses are particularly strong.

Jeremy Coleman, innovation manager (EMEA), said the creation of the hub is particulaly groundbreaking for the legal sector.

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He said: "The Hub was set up to keep us ahead of the curve. It's a great example of the sort of innovative thinking that allows us to find smarter ways of delivering high-quality service to our global clients. We have the space to trial new ways of working and technologies. Some that work and some that don't.

"We can then provide something new or something unexpected; a bit of tech or a solution that makes a difference to our clients and our service offering.

"The Hub is growing and the opportunities are broad. Through the Hub we are reengineering our legal processes and trailing new technologies. Quality and innovation are at the forefront of everything that we do."

Kiran Radhakrishnan, head of the Newcastle Hub, said: "Our team consists of conscientious, motivated, and hard-working people who all contribute to the success of our firm. We have to be an organisation where people feel valued, respected and able to develop themselves.

"We've invested in our offices and spent an amount we feel commensurate in the amount of time we want to be here -- we're not just here for a couple of years.

"Newcastle is an ideal location for Norton Rose Fulbright, for a variety of reasons, including the strength of the region's universities, access to high-quality and skilled talent, and high quality infrastructure.

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"The work carried out in our legal process and business services centre benefits from Newcastle's position as a centre of innovation and technological advancement. Generally, there is also very much a can-do attitude to business. Add to that, a great environment both for work and leisure and it ticks all the boxes. We're proud to be an integral part of the local economy."

Norton Rose Fulbright worked with Northumberland Estates and Gavin Black & Partner to secure its second floor within Quayside House.

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The team at Norton Rose Fulbright's Newcastle Hub

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
Date:Nov 11, 2018
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