Law firm relocates to bigger offices following latest expansion

Claire Bushen

Global law firm Kennedys has relocated its Manchester team to new premises in the city following further expansion.

Kennedys opened in Manchester in October 2008 with a team of 12 and in October 2016 the team moved to larger premises in The Tootal buildings.

Following recent expansion, the 127-strong team has now moved into new, larger premises in the Trinity, 16 John Dalton Street.

The new office space, at almost 16,000 sq ft, is spread over two floors and offers greater flexibility to accommodate staff in a post-lockdown working environment.

Senior partner Nick Thomas said: “We’re thrilled to be seeing this development in our business in the North.

“We’ve had a lot of activity in the region recently with the opening of our new office in Leeds and team hires. Our growth strategy is driven by client demand and we continue to look to see where our clients are going to need us next and ensure we stay one step ahead.”

He added: “The new office in Manchester is able to accommodate the growing team and deliver a flexible working style reflective of a new era of office use.”

Claire Bushen, partner, in the firm’s Manchester office, said: “We are delighted to be moving into our new office in Manchester. As we start to come out of lockdown, we’re certainly looking forward to spending more time with colleagues and clients in our office.

“Our new office is designed to give us great opportunities to work and collaborate together in the future. It will be a fantastic environment for our people to work in.”

She said the firm has already had positive feedback from colleagues who have already been in the office.

William Parry, senior property executive at Helical, which owns Trinity, said: “Despite the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic has created, it is still good to see companies such as Kennedys making important decisions regarding their office space during lockdown.

“Occupier demand remains for well located, quality, Grade A workspace like Trinity. The building has been remodelled to the highest standard, whilst retaining its heritage features and this aesthetic appeals to well established professional businesses.”

This is the latest in a series of office openings and relocations which the law firm has managed successfully during lockdowns over the past year, which included openings in San Francisco, Tel Aviv and Leeds and relocations in Melbourne and Hong Kong.

The new office opened on April 12, and is located on the third and fourth floors of Trinity.