Former Halliwells Staff to Vacate “over the top” Spinningfields Offices
Staff that were formerly employed by troubled law firm Halliwells, which has recently been taken over by HBJ Gateley Wareing, are expected to vacate their plush Manchester Spinningfields offices by September.
Mike Ward, who runs HBJ Gateley Wareing’s Birmingham office, describes the current office space at Manchester’s acclaimed Spinningfields location as “seriously over the top”, and says that they only have a licence to stay until 28th September.
Halliwells were criticised for moving to Spinningfields, and Mr Ward believes that the cost of leasing the prime office space is one of the reasons why the firm collapsed.
However, in an interview with TheBusinessDesk, he also commented that the firm would have survived if it were not for an accident of timing. “If that move had been 10 years earlier – at the start of the boom period, I don’t think Halliwells would have gone bust,” he said.
HBJ Gateley Wareing will utilise Halliwells’ back office support team which are currently based at Spinningfields, but this is likely to be for the short-term only.
As reported on our blog yesterday, a number of firms that sub-leased space at Spinningfields from Halliwells are being forced to find new premises.
Since the takeover was announced, HBJ have so far taken on 40 partners and more than 200 other staff from Halliwells.