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East Anglia benefits from a strong regional economy. The agricultural sector is important , with many large agribusinesses and family-owned farms active in the region, while a broad mix of SMEs and owner-managed businesses span many industries. Alongside this, the technology hub around Cambridge is home to global brands such as chip manufacturer Arm, and large pharmaceutical companies including AstraZeneca, as well as many start-ups spun out of Cambridge University.

While the agricultural industry, which is heavily reliant on subsidies from the European Union, faces many pressures as Brexit draws closer, the general level of corporate and commercial activity remains high, generating work for law firms, while private client teams are busy, not least because of the large number of high-net-worth individuals living in East Anglia.

The trend for expansion remains strong among the biggest law firms in the region. Howes Percival LLP continues to build out its young Cambridge office, as does Greenwoods GRM, which has also merged with a firm in London and there is much talk of mergers between both large and mid-sized firms. One firm that has reduced its office network is Prettys Solicitors LLP, which closed its office in Chelmsford to focus on its core market around Ipswich. Bircham Dyson Bell has shown its intent to make an impact in Cambridge with the hire of experienced partners.

Many firms have a strong flow of international work, notably Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which has two offices in the region as part of the global firm; Taylor Wessing LLP, regional powerhouses Mills & Reeve LLP and Birketts LLP; as well as Peterborough-based Buckles Solicitors LLP, which has a close relationship with Milan and Paris-based firm CastaldiPartners. Key regional players include Hewitsons in Cambridge; Ashtons Legal, which has a string of offices across the region and is a strong firm in areas such as clinical negligence and personal injury; and Gotelee Solicitors, which is spreading its presence from its base in Ipswich.

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