Addleshaws, DLA, Eversheds and Pinsents.
So will they dominate the market for all eternity?
This article provides an interesting commentary on the complexities of the present day real estate market in Manchester, for example: an international presence being essential for the modern day client; a full-service offering allowing firms to benefit from the development scheduled in Manchester, however small firms must find a niche in order to compete; and firms should keep an eye on the competition coming up from the south.
It may not have been officially recognised as the UK’s second city but in the past few years Manchester has consolidated its position as the next biggest market for law firms outside of London. And with large-scale development taking place across the city it is easy to see why the biggest firms in Manchester all have strong foundations in the real estate sector. Despite a flood of recent new entrants, including real estate heavyweights Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Nabarro, the market is still dominated by four firms: Addleshaw Goddard, DLA Piper, Eversheds, and Pinsent Masons.