The Minerva office building within Leeds' Bond Court city centre development.
The Minerva office building within Leeds' Bond Court city centre development.
Nick Hill

UK's largest specialist family law firm makes move for Minerva in Leeds city centre

Stowe Family Law, the UK’s largest specialist law firm, is relocating to the Minerva office building within Leeds’ Bond Court city centre development.

The law firm has agreed half a floor, comprising 2,631 sq ft on the second floor on a six year lease term at the Minerva building.

Stowe Family Law is relocating from smaller premises at Portland Street in Leeds as part of its expansion plan after being acquired by private equity house, Livingbridge, in February 2017.

Founded by Marilyn Stowe, the law firm now has more than 140 staff and a network of 14 offices across the UK.

Evans Property Group delivered a £25m investment in the Bond Court area of Leeds city centre to create commercial and leisure space in addition to public realm works.

In collaboration with Leeds City Council, the group’s five-year project has now transformed the business district, with the office buildings of Minerva and Capitol providing Grade A, BREEAM Excellent space.

Since its refurbishment, Minerva has attracted a host tenants, including three recent lettings to; corporate finance practice Sentio Partners LLP, data and services provider Proact IT and specialist business advisory firm FRP Advisory.

Richard Bean, asset manager at Evans Property Group, commented: “We are delighted to welcome such a highly regarded law firm to Minerva as a new base to support its expansion plans.

“The City of Leeds is a great place to be as a leading financial and legal centre and Minerva is a prestigious address with access to a wide range of high calibre fellow tenants such as global financial services company, UBS and Standard Life.”

Clem McDowell, senior surveyor at JLL, added: “We are delighted to confirm a further letting at Minerva to such a prestigious and well-respected firm of solicitors.

“This latest deal adds to the continuous success of the building in attracting a number of discerning tenants. The building is now almost full with circa 1,500 sq ft of space remaining.”

CBRE and JLL are joint office agents on Minerva.

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