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Connected city

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Connected city

We have regional, national, European and global connections. To keep us ahead £1.3 billion will be invested in our networks by 2015.

Easy access to 400 million people across Europe

90% of UK consumers are within four hours travel time

High Speed 2 rail  – London in less than 45 minutes 

50 airlines serving more than 140 routes worldwide


Multi-sector strengths

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Multi-sector strengths

Our talented people use their skills and expertise across a range of key sectors.

60% of the UK’s automotive R&D from the region

More BPFS companies than Zurich, Manchester and Edinburgh

23,700 people in architecture and engineering

500 medical technology companies, more than any other UK region


Space to breathe

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Space to breathe

Birmingham was voted best UK city outside of London for quality of life (Mercer Quality of Living 2012).


With more than 600 parks and open spaces and Sutton Park as one of the largest urban parks in Europe there is always space to breathe

Slow down. Explore more miles of canal than Venice

Secure future - 10 Local Nature Reserves and 156 designated nature conservation sites


World class city of culture

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World class city of culture

Indoors, outdoors, participate, watch or find space and quiet to get away from it all. You will always be able to relax and unwind.

Birmingham was ranked among the New York Times’ top 20 international destinations to visit.

Explore cuisine from more than 27 countries and dine in more Michelin star restaurants than any other English city outside London

More than 500,000 works of art in one square mile


High quality workforce

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High quality workforce

Our large talent pool is highly ranked now. It will stay that way.

4.3 million people of working age within an hour of the city

Over 300,000 students and 100,000 graduates within an hour’s drive of the city

A digital hub - for example 21% of the UK's games industry workforce is here

Nearly 1 million people speak a second language


Growth engine

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Growth engine

Our £94 billion regional economy will grow 20% by 2020

Innovative economic zones generating £1.5bn and 50,000 new jobs

Home to 75,000 companies, 1,190 of which are international

Our population will grow to 1.17million by 2018 (ONS)

Birmingham New Street helps move nearly 25million passengers annually

Europe's youngest city, with under 25's nearly 40% of our population


Bold regeneration

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Bold regeneration

We are investing £18 billion by 2026 in a bold 21st Century regeneration plan.

£1.3 billion will be invested in road, rail and air networks by 2015

£25 million is going in to the Digital Media Academy and £188 million on the new Library of Birmingham

£600 million redevelopment of New Street Station is underway

Gowling WLG partner promotions for 2017

The new partners are Sarah Galvin, Elizabeth Gane, Samantha Holland, Felicity Lindsay and Mark Stephenson. All are based in the UK and will join the partnership on 1st May.

David Fennell, chief executive, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, said:

"Our new partners advise clients in some of our most successful practices and sectors.
They have all demonstrated energy, innovation and commitment in helping these clients achieve their business objectives over a number of years.
I am delighted to welcome them to the partnership."

The new Birmingham partners are Samantha Holland, Mark Stephenson and Liz Gane.

Samantha Holland is part of the commercial litigation team and has advised on some of the firm's largest and most high profile disputes including Hamilton v Di Resta and Safeway Stores plc v Twigger.

She is currently part of the core team advising on the Holyoake v Candy case which is at trial in the High Court in London until the beginning of April.

Samantha has a particular specialism in insurance advising on all aspects of policy coverage and is a market-leader in transactional insurance on which she has advised many of the firm's key clients.

Mark Stephenson specialises in non-contentious construction law acting predominantly for real estate developers and investors (both listed and privately owned).

Key clients include St Modwen Properties plc and I.M Properties plc. Recent work has included advising a Luxembourg-based developer on the construction of a £125m internet fulfilment centre for a leading internet retailer; advising a developer on the procurement and construction of a four storey, 2.2m sq ft distribution centre (the largest in the UK); and advising I.M Properties on the procurement and construction of the new Birmingham Wholesale Market.

Liz Gane becomes a partner in the pensions team and has a wealth of experience advising both trustee and employer side clients on a range of pensions issues.

Highlights have included advising the trustees of a £1bn+ pension scheme on an innovative funding solution; advising an EU headquartered company on the streamlining of its pension arrangements; and re-writing the governing documents for a £750m pension scheme to incorporate nine new benefit sections.

Sarah Galvin and Felicity Lindsay are part of the 300-strong real estate practice are based in London.

Sarah has a particular focus on the development of industrial space, acting for some of the sector's largest players as they respond to increasing occupier demand for logistics space across the UK.

She also acts for investor clients as they acquire and dispose of assets such as shopping centres and offices.

Felicity specialises in commercial development and investment.

She acts for clients including Knight Frank Investment Management, Royal London, HM Revenue & Customs, Prime Place and Red Bull Racing.

She has recently acted for Knight Frank IM, assisting it to acquire 15 assets into its new Long Income Fund; Royal London on a mixed use residential led scheme in north London and a development site in central London; and HMRC on its nationwide occupational arrangements.

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