News release

Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority move to The Cube

The Cube building in Birmingham city centre is to become the new headquarters of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and base for Midlands staff who provide shared support services for the Law Society and the SRA.

Some 700 SRA and Law Society staff currently working in three offices based across two sites in Redditch and Leamington Spa will occupy 57,000 sq ft of the landmark building this summer.

Desmond Hudson, CEO of the Law Society, said: "The move demonstrates our long-standing commitment to the West Midlands. Consolidating our current Midlands buildings and all our Midlands-based staff together, under one roof, will reduce our costs, make us more effective and more efficient. The Cube offers us a better, greener and more centrally located working environment, topped with first class transport links."

Antony Townsend, Chief Executive of the SRA, said: "The Cube offers us excellent facilities in the heart of Birmingham city centre to consolidate our position as the principal regulator of legal services, and to attract high-quality staff from a diverse population."

Neil Edginton, Director at The Cube, said: "We're delighted to welcome the Law Society and the SRA to what we firmly believe is Birmingham's best business address."

The Law Society and SRA will occupy all of the remaining large office floors at The Cube. Fit out will be completed by the summer to allow a phased move of staff from Redditch and Leamington Spa to their new city centre home. The sale of the Law Society's vacant office in Victoria Court, Leamington Spa, is due to be completed next month.

The SRA and Law Society office complex in Ipsley Court, Redditch, will also be sold. The leases on the two SRA offices in Tachbrook Park expire later this year and early 2013.


Note to editors

1. The Law Society is the independent professional body, established for solicitors in 1825, that works globally to support and represent its members, promoting the highest professional standards and the rule of law.

2. The Law Society has 150,000 individual members in England, Wales and around the world and 11,000 member firms operating in domestic and overseas markets. Midlands-based staff provide a range of support services to the Group including IT, HR finance and facilities management.

3. The SRA, established in 2007, regulates solicitors in England and Wales from single-solicitor practices to huge firms with a global presence and solicitors working in the justice system, in government and within companies.

4. All solicitors follow the same professional principles and code of conduct. The SRA provides advice and guidance to help them do so.

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