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Eversheds Sutherland: first law firm to back government’s Northern Powerhouse partnership programme

  • United Kingdom
  • Real estate planning
  • Real estate planning - Devolution


Eversheds Sutherland (International) has become the first law firm to join the government’s Northern Powerhouse partnership programme.

Established by Prime Minister Theresa May and led by Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy, more than 90 firms have signed up to become partners of the government scheme, aimed at helping the North achieve its full potential.

Each of the companies within the partnership programme – ranging from banks and universities to infrastructure and property specialists – has committed to supporting the Northern economy and delivering growth and investment to the region.

Working with the government, the partnership will champion the strengths of the North by promoting new and exciting local developments across transport, skills and innovation, culture and devolution.

Michael Clavell-Bate, senior office partner at Eversheds Sutherland (International) Manchester, said:

"Becoming members of the Northern Powerhouse partnership programme and indeed, being the first law firm to do so, reinforces our unrelenting commitment to the North. We’re very much looking forward to working alongside local businesses, helping to promote and draw wider attention to the incredible opportunities within our region.” 

Paul Cotton, senior office partner at Eversheds Sutherland (International) Leeds, commented:

“The North of England is an ambitious region with a great deal to offer. Being part of the Northern Powerhouse partnership programme will enable us to strengthen our collective efforts to help channel that ambition for the benefit of the region as a whole.” 

Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy said:

“We’re investing billions of pounds in the Northern Powerhouse and the backing of major businesses is further proof that the region is firing on all cylinders. 

“So I’m delighted that Eversheds Sutherland has become a new Northern Powerhouse Partner – joining almost 90 different organisations working to secure the economic future of the North for years to come.”

Eversheds Sutherland (International) has helped shape the region over the years, having advised on a number of significant projects, including: Airport City Manchester, MediaCity, Mayfield, regeneration in Sunderland and most recently working on the upgrade to Network Rail’s Trans-Pennine route between Leeds and Manchester. 

The firm has also been working closely with the British Business Bank setting up the newly launched £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund. The fund is aimed at boosting the North of England’s economy and helping the region’s businesses realise their growth potential.