London-headquartered Lewis Silkin and Belfast-based Jones Cassidy Brett (JCB) have joined forces to establish a new employment law offering in Northern Ireland.
The new firm, branded Lewis Silkin NI, begins operating on 2 August 2021 following ratification by the Law Society of Northern Ireland.
From today, the six-strong specialist employment law team at JCB is now an integrated part of Lewis Silkin. JCB partners Adam Brett and Ciara Fulton become partners of the new business with legacy firm founder Fiona Cassidy joining as a consultant.
The team in Northern Ireland will also be joined by Lewis Silkin managing associate Stephen O’Flaherty who will be leading a business immigration team based out of Belfast.
Fulton, who is taking on the role of head of office in Belfast, said that becoming part of Lewis Silkin represents “a truly exciting milestone in the history of our firm”.
“It will enable us to continue to provide clients with market-leading local advice whilst offering an added depth of expertise to clients, including an expanded range of services such as business immigration, employee incentives, data protection, and health and safety law.
“As part of a truly international team, we will now be able to provide an even more comprehensive and integrated offering to meet the needs of our clients. It will be of particular benefit to clients operating across the whole island of Ireland, thanks to Lewis Silkin’s presence in Dublin.”
Lewis Silkin launched its Dublin office in 2018, which now consists of a team of five lawyers and three partners providing Irish employment law and business immigration services, alongside commercial, IP and data expertise.
“Since establishing our presence in Ireland in 2018, we have seen a growing need and client demand for a seamless, market-leading employment offering across the whole island of Ireland,” said Richard Miskella, Lewis Silkin’s joint managing partner.
“Joining forces with JCB is a perfect solution to this need, integrating their renowned specialist practice as part of our wider offering across the UK, Ireland, and internationally. Over the longer term, we will continue to review and explore the potential for further expansion in Northern Ireland in line with evolving client requirements.”