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The East Midlands continues to offer a varied legal market that is marked by a geographical division into four sub-regions: Nottingham and Derby, Leicester, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire. While Browne Jacobson LLP  and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  respectively act for their national client bases from their Nottingham offices, other key players such as Freeths LLP , Nelsons Solicitors Limited , Shakespeare Martineau LLP , Gateley Plc , Geldards LLP , Roythornes Solicitors  and Cartwright King  have a broader geographical footprint. In Northamptonshire, Hewitsons , Howes Percival LLP  and Wilson Browne Solicitors  each have a large portion of the market share, while Sills & Betteridge LLP  and Langleys Solicitors LLP  are the main firms in Lincolnshire.Flint Bishop LLP  is the largest firm based in Derby.

Despite the presence of these large established players, the region is also home to a number of highly specialised boutiques, with corporate and commercial property firm Austin Moore & Partners LLP  in Nottingham, employment experts Cummins Solicitors  in Leicester, rural business specialists Arnold Thomson  in Towcester and personal injury and clinical negligence firm Barratts Solicitors  with offices in Nottingham and Derby as prime examples.

The market has seen relatively few changes between 2017 and early 2018 as corporate and commercial work continues to be one of the most prevalent line of work, especially in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, but also in Leicester and Northamptonshire. With the advent of the General Data Protection Regulation, commercial lawyers across the region have seen a slight shift towards data protection work. Since the Supreme Court declared tribunal fees unlawful in July 2017, employment caseloads contain more litigation instructions again after years of low numbers in tribunal litigation due to the introduction of tribunal fees in 2013. Agricultural clients remain an important work generator in the private client sector, where the most noticeable change has been the increased demand for pre- and post-nuptial agreements in family law. In the real estate sector, the struggle of the high street becomes more and more apparent as residential property work is on the rise.

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