BT is investing £ 2.7 million in a 30-person authorized support middle in Northern Eire

Telecommunications giant BT announced today (December 1st) that it is ready to invest £ 2.7million in the creation of a new legal support hub in Belfast that will hold 30 positions over the next four years will be filled as a commercial lawyer.

The stand-alone center will be the first of its kind for BT in Northern Ireland. His lawyers are deployed to provide legal support to colleagues across the BT Group. Seven of the 30 positions as business lawyer already exist.

Commenting on the move, Leeanne Whaley, Director of Transformation for Legal and Corporate Secretary at BT, said: ‘As one of Northern Ireland’s largest investors and employers, BT is excited to establish its first legal center in Belfast, which will continue to offer high quality legal expertise for Colleagues across the BT Group. Northern Ireland offers highly qualified and experienced legal talent. So it was an ideal choice to set up our new hub here. At BT, we are excited to add these talents to our legal team. ‘

Invest NI – the regional economic development agency for Northern Ireland – advised BT on setting up the outpost. Invest NI expects the hub to provide additional annual salaries of up to £ 1.4 million to the region’s economy. The BT Group currently employs 2,650 people directly in Northern Ireland, with another 579 being offered as contractors.

George McKinney, Director of Technology and Services at Invest NI added, ‘Northern Ireland is increasingly recognized as a leading location for innovation in the legal sector. Our teams in Northern Ireland and the UK worked closely with BT to secure this investment by providing expert knowledge of our growing legal services sector and the talent we can offer, as well as financial support for the new jobs. ‘

Last July, BT’s Legal Department, named the Most Transformative In-House Team of the Year at the 2020 Legal Business Awards, caught attention after the company selected DWF to secure its lucrative legal services mandate on which 40 attorneys attended BT’s internal legal department moves to DWF. The deal means DWF will provide BT’s insurance and real estate legal services primarily through its managed services division.

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