Reed Smith makes Globe Point move
The international law firm will relocate its Global Solutions Leeds team to CEG’s six-storey Temple development, where it will occupy the 6,479 sq ft fourth floor.
Reed Smith’s move, from the Platform building where it launched its Leeds offering in 2018, represents an increase in footprint of 37%.
Globe Point’s 40,430 sq ft is laid out over seven floors across dual aspect floorplates incorporating office space with ground floor breakout space, as well as on site cafe Butler’s.
Other occupiers at the all-electric building, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, include Jaywing and Robot Food
GSL was set up by US-headquartered Reed Smith as a start-up environment where lawyers, analysts and business services professionals could collaborate with a shared services mentality in the open-plan space on improvements to legal services delivery.
Today the team comprises 111 staff, made up of 66 in business services and 45 in legal services.
Tamara Box, Reed Smith’s managing partner, EME, said: “I knew that Global Solutions Leeds would be a huge success from its inception and I’m delighted that in under five years we have outgrown our current space and are moving into a larger and purpose built space, designed with collaboration in mind, so that we can continue providing cutting-edge legal and business services to our global network and our clients.”
Barry Spenceley, GSL centre director, said: “We are extremely excited for the move to Globe Point.
“This iconic building will provide us with more flexibility to grow and innovate. We set up our first office in Leeds with the vision of creating a space that encourages collaboration, and while the current office has been a wonderful first home, Globe Point will provide more dedicated space to work together.”
“With the move to hybrid working, we also understand the need to make the office a more attractive offering – Globe Point provides everything we are looking for. The vibrant space will complement the collaborative culture we have fostered here in Leeds.”
Antonia Martin-Wright, director, commercial development at CEG, said: “Globe Point has been designed to set the highest quality benchmark for the Temple district. The business lounge, café and event space has created a buzz on the ground floor and the workspace captures all of the contemporary features occupiers and their staff are seeking.”
“This unique flat iron building, so close to Leeds City Station southern entrance at Leeds City Station, has delivered a popular new landmark for the area.”