Ogletree Deakins is to create 78 new jobs in Northern Ireland with the launch of a business immigration support centre in Belfast.
The firm’s new global solutions centre will be staffed by paralegals who will work with Ogletree’s US-based immigration practice to handle H-1B visas, PERM labour certifications, and time-sensitive work required by high-volume business immigration clients.
The new roles are to be created over the next three years, with an average salary of £22,891. Invest Northern Ireland has offered £312,000 of support towards the 78 new jobs.
“We had a real need for additional quality paralegal team support for our growing immigration practice,” explained Matt Keen, Ogletree’s managing shareholder.
“Northern Ireland’s strong pipeline of quality graduates accessible through Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, 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.
“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’s global mobility practice consists of more than 100 full-time immigration attorneys, 200 paralegals, and more than 100 additional support professionals.
Revenue for the firm’s business immigration and global mobility services has soared by nearly 60% in the last five years, the firm said in a statement.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us. The global solutions centre will add bench strength to help support high-volume US immigration matters and government surges,” said Keen.
“This centre is a manifestation of our client pledge commitment to anticipate our clients’ needs and collaborate with them to develop creative business solutions.”
Kevin Holland, CEO of Invest Northern Ireland, said: “Northern Ireland has lots to offer potential investors – skilled and dedicated workforce, great place to live, excellent infrastructure – to name just a few.
“Throughout covid we have been able to demonstrate our resilience and adaptability, with positive stories from existing investors about how their Northern Ireland offices adapted more quickly than other locations.”
Ogletree’s move into Northern Ireland follows the firm’s announcement that it has entered into a global alliance with KPMG Law in Germany to provide businesses with global workforce solutions.
The firm also expanded its US coast-to-coast business immigration team in August with the arrivals of Claudia Martorell and Amanda Mullane in San Diego, and Dan Maranci in Boston.