Northern Ireland

European law firm creates 125 new Belfast jobs

Fieldfisher created 125 jobs in its Belfast office
Image caption Fieldfisher said it was attracted to Belfast because of its graduate talent pool

A European law firm is creating 125 new jobs in Belfast.

Fieldfisher is expanding its international office network to Northern Ireland by creating new legal and business support jobs.

The new jobs will add over £3.6m to the local economy annually in salaries. Michael Chissick of Fieldfisher said the "pool of graduate talent" attracted them to Northern Ireland.

Invest NI is offering £630,000 towards the creation of the new jobs.

Image caption Michael Chissick, Managing Partner of Fieldfisher, and Invest NI CEO Alastair Hamilton

"There's two excellent universities that each year produce a number of really excellent graduates," said Mr Chissick.

"And we're looking to recruit people that can help us across our network. "

Invest NI CEO Alastair Hamilton the jobs were a boost to the legal sector.

"We produce something in the region of 700 law graduates a year in Northern Ireland who will not get a job in a local practice.

Image caption Fieldfisher says it will provide high-quality employment for Northern Ireland law graduates

"Traditionally they have left our shores and gone and worked elsewhere.

"What we've been trying to do, with the help of firms like Fieldfisher, is provide really high quality, in this case, globally attractive employment for those legal graduates here in Northern Ireland. "

Strategic partnership

Fieldfisher has also established a strategic partnership with Holywood, County Down, firm Donaldson Legal Services, now Donaldson Legal Consulting LLP.

Alison Donaldson, managing partner of Donaldson Legal Consulting, will also become managing partner of Fieldfisher Belfast.

"This is a great time to join our team and work for one of Europe's most dynamic and exciting law firms," she said.

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