Posted on Monday 14 February 2011 by Ulster Business

law firm creates 300 jobs

Making the announcement of 300 jobs are Stephen Kingon, Chairman of Invest NI; Minister Arlene Foster and Wim Dejonghe, Allen & Overy's Global Managing Partner.

International lawfirm Allen & Overy is set to create over 300 high quality jobs in Northern Ireland after announcing plans to set up an office in Belfast.

The company, which is one of the world's largest law firms, with 36 offices in 26 countries, is to make Belfast the home to its new support and legal services centre, which will provide a range of support functions such as IT, HR and financial management, as well as transaction support to its legal teams servicing Allen & Overy clients based outside Northern Ireland. The investment is being supported by Invest NI, which has offered assistance of £2.5m. Wim Dejonghe, Allen & Overy's Global Managing Partner, said: "We believe Northern Ireland offers an excellent location from which to support our global operations. We are confident we can attract the calibre of staff needed to deliver the high quality services that are synonymous with the Allen & Overy name. "There is no doubt in my mind that our Support and Legal Services Centre will become strategically important to our business as we continue to strengthen our international presence. As such we hope that what we have to offer will be seen as an attractive opportunity to the local workforce." Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the firm had evaluated 20 locations worldwide before deciding on Northern Ireland, and the decision to come to Belfast reflected the confidence that international companies have in the province's highly skilled and loyal workforce, low cost working environment and technically advanced infrastructure. The Minister was also on hand to announce the creation of 85 new jobs as she officially opened Linden Foods' new £10m facility in Dungannon. The state-of-the-art retail packing and product development facilities will bring new capabilities to Linden Foods' operations, allowing it to enhance its competitive position and lead the way in terms of new product development and innovation in the meat processing sector.

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