USA law firm announces first-time investment in Northern Ireland creating 78 new jobs

  • Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has announced that US employment and immigration law firm, Ogletree Deakins, is setting up a 78 person legal support centre in Northern Ireland.

    Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labour, employment and immigration law firms in the US. The firm has 53 offices located throughout the US, and in Europe, Canada and Mexico. It represents a diverse range of clients across many industries, including many of the Fortune 50 corporations in the US.

    Welcoming the law firm to Northern Ireland, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons said: “This investment will provide employment opportunities for graduates and those with one-to-three years paralegal experience, as well as some leadership roles, generating annual salaries of £1.78m into our economy once fully operational.”

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    The roles are to be created over the next three years, with an average salary of £22,891. Invest Northern Ireland has worked closely with the firm, organising a virtual visit programme to help secure the project. The agency has offered £312,000 of support towards the 78 new jobs.

    Matthew Keen, Managing Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins said: “We had a real need for additional quality paralegal team support for our growing immigration practice. Northern Ireland’s strong pipeline of quality graduates and strong staff retention rates were keys to our decision to locate here. It gives us the confidence that we will have access to outstanding staff members to allow us to continue to expand, scale and be successful long-term.”

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    Mr. Keen also added: “A law degree is not a requirement to join the team, and we offer continuous investment in training to allow employee career growth. We are excited to open this new legal support centre, and we are very excited about our future here.”

    Ogletree Deakins serves some of the US’ best known corporate names. Its global mobility practice has more than 100 full-time immigration attorneys, 200 paralegals, and more than 100 additional support professionals.

    Source: Written from press release. 

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