BLP boost Manchester capability with Partner relocation

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today (6 March 2017) announced that Real Estate Partner Damian Fleming is joining the legal delivery team based in Manchester.

Damian has been a London based BLP Partner since 2006. His experience covers a broad range of commercial real estate matters, including investment, landlord and tenant and funds work, as well as property aspects of secured financing transactions.

As BLP’s first Partner in Manchester, he will focus on excellence in legal service delivery by ensuring that market-leading processes and technology deployed in Manchester deliver the highest quality client service. Damian will continue to work with the existing BLP client base including those already benefitting from the Manchester offering.

Opened in August 2014, BLP has a team of Associate lawyers, Paralegals, Legal Apprentices and business service experts in Manchester. Since launch, headcount has nearly quadrupled from 21 to 80, with the office expanding to drive the Firm’s integrated services to clients.

Commenting on his move Damian said: “I am looking forward to using my experience to support both the Manchester and London teams in providing a seamless  premium service.  Clients tell us that our entrepreneurialism in legal service delivery helps us stand out as innovative legal partners. The team here in Manchester plays a vital role in developing and implementing the processes and technology which delivers tremendous efficiencies.”

Mark Grayson, BLP Head of Operations, Manchester, added: “Damian will be a huge boost to the team here. His transactional experience coupled with our relentless focus on improving our large scale client-led solutions will improve our offering to clients.”

Damian’s relocation news follows BLP’s recent announcement to introduce trainee lawyer contracts in its Manchester office from September 2017. BLP already has five Legal Apprentices working in its Manchester office as part of the ‘Trailblazer Apprenticeship’ scheme, which offers a work-based learning route to qualification as a solicitor and takes 6-7 years to complete.

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