Hill Dickinson signs at 11 Wellington Place
The law firm will take a 9,000 sq ft floor at the recently completed building, signalling growth ambitions in Leeds as it moves from 2,500 sq ft at Bond Court.
Hill Dickinson said it has welcomed 12 new members to the Leeds team in the last 12 months, including Alison Starr, who joined as a partner from Eversheds Sutherland in January.
Now 40-strong, the Leeds practice is currently focused on healthcare, corporate, real estate and construction. The move to Wellington Place is part of the firm’s long-term strategy to build a comprehensive business services offer within the city, it said.
The new space also supports the firm’s drive to improve the sustainability of its operations, with Buildings 11 & 12 Wellington Place rated EPC A and BREEAM Outstanding. They were the first outside London and the fourth in the UK to achieve a NABERS Design Reviewed Target Rating of five stars or above.
The architect of the 254879 sq ft building was tp bennett.
As part of the fit-out, Hill Dickinson will launch a dedicated client suite.
Tas Quayum, chief operating officer at Hill Dickinson, said: “11 Wellington Place marks a key milestone for our Leeds team and clients. It is a vibrant city with one of the fastest growing economies in the UK, and we see it as an important part of the future growth of Hill Dickinson.
“We are looking forward to being in the space with our team and clients later this year and celebrating this next step of our journey within the city.”
Esther Venning, Hill Dickinson partner and head of Leeds office, added: “Having operated within Leeds for five years now, our team has grown considerably in that time. We are in a position to accelerate these plans even further as we expand our offering to new and existing clients. As such, we require an inspiring space that can grow alongside us, with 11 Wellington Place perfectly placed to offer this in the heart of the city.”
Paul Pavia, head of development at MEPC, the asset manager and developer behind Wellington Place, said: “Hill Dickinson has gone from strength to strength in Leeds and we are pleased to be supporting the firm here at Wellington Place as it continues its growth journey.
“As a forward-thinking business Hill Dickinson is committed to operating sustainably and its move to Wellington Place will support this important agenda.”
The firm will be joining Arup and Lloyds Banking Group, which recently announced their moves to 11 & 12 Wellington Place, Lloyds agreeing terms on 124,000 sq ft in March.
Fox Lloyd Jones was the agent for Hill Dickinson, with Savills and JLL acting for Wellington Place.
Rooted in the North of England, Hill Dickinson has ten global offices, including five in the UK – Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and two London bases along with Leeds.