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Lewis Silkin’s Belfast office sees rapid growth in first two years

02 October 2023

Lewis Silkin Northern Ireland has generated around 30 new jobs since being established two years ago, bringing the size of the firm’s Belfast team to 48.

Lewis Silkin first joined forces with employment law specialists Jones Cassidy Brett in 2021 before acquiring tech-focused Forde Campbell the following year.

Most law firms which come to Northern Ireland tend to import their operations and business, whereas Lewis Silkin’s Belfast operation is entirely indigenous.” says Ciara Fulton, Head of Belfast office and partner.

This means we have an advantage in terms of our local knowledge and specialisms – which include employment, immigration, intellectual property, tech and data.” The Belfast office now also includes a business immigration team of seven, led by London-based partner Stephen O’Flaherty, while Paul Gillen is now partner specializing in employment.

On the tech and IP side, the team is experiencing rapid growth.

Rory Campbell - who co-created Forde Campbell in the mid-2000s with Mathew Forde - says the rapid expansion of digitisation across all sectors has opened up demand for specialist legal advice. Both are now partners in the company.

Our firm developed in parallel with tech start-ups,” says Mr Campbell. “We would involve ourselves at the core of their activity particularly during investment rounds and because of that we have built a strong reputation in this field.”

We are also increasingly focusing on data privacy and security which is becoming an increasingly important area in all types of organisations, and have established a new data team in Belfast led by legal director, Mary Traynor.” said Mr Campbell.

Practices in the world of work are transforming very fast and law firms such as Lewis Silkin know that we must constantly keep learning and adapting in order to provide our clients with the legal protection they need.” says Ms Fulton.

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