LK Shields to expand into new Galway office
Corporate and commercial law firm LK Shields is to expand into a new Galway office in what it described as a "business opportunity to support the growing west of Ireland economy."
The firm, which already employs more than 85 legal professionals in Dublin, will initially base five solicitors in the new office, but will expand that number to 15 over the next 18 months.
LK Shields chairman Michael Kavanagh, himself a Galway native, said that the move was an exciting one for the firm and for its many clients in the west. The aim of the move was to provide businesses in the west with direct access to the firm's full range of corporate and commercial legal services, he said.
The firm has a strong focus on technology, intellectual property, competition, commercial litigation and employment law.
"The decision to expand into Galway was a strategic business one, motivated by the recent commercial growth of the region and significant opportunities in the west, in particular in the booming technology and medtech sectors," Kavanagh told the Sunday Independent.
Recent research into the needs of businesses in western Ireland highlighted a gap in Galway and the surrounding region for a large corporate law firm, he said.
"As home to over 70 multinational companies and a significant number of indigenous Irish businesses, Galway provides a central location to support western businesses in their corporate and commercial legal needs," he said.
Sunday Indo Business