Clarke Willmott move into Cardiff Waterside office

Leading national law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has become Cardiff Waterside's latest tenant.

2 June 2015

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In a move that sees Clarke Willmott establish a base in Wales for the first time, it has taken 2,850 sq ft of space at the Emperor House building on Scott Harbour, Pierhead Street. This sees Emperor House close to maximum capacity with a further 2,288 sq ft also currently under offer.

The announcement reinforces the attraction of the waterfront environment at Cardiff Waterside, not just for existing Welsh companies, but for UK organisations looking to establish a foothold in Wales for the first time. The news also means that across the whole Cardiff Waterside office development, consisting of 420,000 sq ft, less than eight percent of office space is currently available.

Ben Bolton, Business Space director at Cooke & Arkwright and joint agent with Knight Frank on the scheme said, “We are delighted that a growing company like Clarke Willmott, with six other office locations around the UK, has chosen Cardiff Waterside to set up its Welsh headquarters.”

Stephen Rosser, chief executive of Clarke Willmott added, “Geographical expansion is very much part of our new three year growth strategy and responds to an increasing demand for our specialist sector focussed services. We're bringing some well-known industry figures to Cardiff, who will help us to build on the work we are already doing in South Wales. The new office is in an ideal location for us; it has a great sense of business community and is right at the heart of the successful Cardiff Waterside estate.”

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