Cardiff-based lawyers Clarke Willmott have shared their experience of Wales’ key business sectors with the Welsh Government Minister responsible for economic growth.
Members of the team met Economy Minister Edwina Hart at Clarke Willmott’s Cardiff Bay office to discuss the economy, the sectors in which they work and how public sector investment in areas including technology and infrastructure can support growth.
The visit today comes just weeks after Clarke Willmott opened its new Cardiff office. It follows a review of the legal sector commissioned by the Minister to identify opportunities to increase investment and employment and maximise the direct and indirect benefits for the Welsh economy.
In addition to its experience of investing in new offices and moving to Wales, Clarke Willmott is working closely with key stakeholders in the Welsh market in the areas of banking, property, housing, development, planning and commercial litigation.
Welcoming the investment, the Minister said: “I am delighted that Clarke Willmott has recognised that Cardiff offers them considerable opportunity for growth and their decision to open an office in the city is excellent news.
“Clarke Willmott is a large established UK national law firm and joins a growing number of financial and professional service providers already established in Cardiff that are supporting the growth of one of our priority economic sectors.”
Partner Vicky Kells, based in the Cardiff office, said: “It was important to have the opportunity to share our experience with the Minister and contribute to her discussion with businesses about future economic growth. We support the review of the legal sector in Wales which is examining ways to grow the sector, boost investment and job creation.
“Clarke Willmott has established new offices in other parts of the country in the last 15 years and has an excellent track record of creating new jobs for legal, administrative and support staff.
“Technology will play a significant part in the expansion of legal services and across the business community and this also poses challenges for organisations in the areas of data security and intellectual property in Wales.
“The team was grateful to have had the opportunity to discuss these issues with the Minister and look forward to playing our part in supporting economic growth.”