A just decision? Birmingham in bid to win MoJ hub.

The Ministry of Justice is seeking to create a regional hub creating 6,000 jobs under devolution plans for Government Departments with Birmingham being one of four cities being considered for Ministry of Justice's new home.

Birmingham's Law Society, established in 1818 and taking in 300 practices representing 4,000 members, is lobbying as part of the West Midlands Business Council's (WMBC) lobbying for Birmingham to be chosen. The Law Society became the 25th representative organisation to join WMBC and will use it's expertise in the WMBC's lobbying of the government.

WMBC executive director James Watkins said Birmingham’s bid to land the Ministry of Justice revolved around it being the largest professional services community outside London. It would involve a 250,000 sq ft office block set to open in 2013.http://www.birminghampost.net/birmingham-business/birmingham-business-news/2009/07/24/bid-to-bring-ministry-of-justice-to-birmingham-65233-24227924/

Birmingham would be an ideal location for the new home being a major legal centre outside of London and retaining close transport links to London and all parts of the country. Birmingham is already a major legal centre with the Crown, Magistrates, Family and County Court's being joined by an Adminstrative Court earlier in the year and being a key centre for the Tribunals Service together with continuing lobbying to open a permanent High Court in Birmingham and the large legal community in Birmingham.


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