US law firm opens office in Liverpool

Litigation specialist Keller Lenkner operates in Chicago, Washington DC and London and its new Liverpool base is its first in the north of England. Tony McDonough reports

Cotton Exchange
The Cotton Exchange office complex in Liverpool


US law firm Keller Lenkner has chosen Liverpool to open its first office in the north of England and its only UK base outside of London.

Keller Lenkner UK, a litigation specialist, will now employ a team of 30 people at its Liverpool and London offices after becoming one of the newest tenants at Bruntwood Works Cotton Exchange complex.

Keller Lenkner LLC is already a well-established litigation firm in the US with offices in Chicago and Washington DC. Its Liverpool office will be headed-up by the firm’s head of data breach, Kingsley Hayes. He has previously worked at Bruntwood Works’ The Plaza in Liverpool, and St Hugh’s House in Bootle.

Also setting up offices at the Grade II-listed Cotton Exchange are MarCloud Consulting, a consultancy firm specialising in marketing automation software, and Supply Well, a digital platform helping to recruit and retain supply teachers to schools across the UK.

Cotton Exchange, Bruntwood
Roof terrace at the Cotton Exchange in Liverpool


Combined, the trio of new tenants have taken more than 3,000 sq ft at the building. Once the nerve centre of the global cotton trading industry, the Cotton Exchange has undergone an extensive transformation and is now home to a wide range of creative and digital businesses, with customers including Yozu and Doris IT.

Located in the heart of Liverpool’s commercial district, the Cotton Exchange offers a range of flexible workspaces including coworking and bespoke membership options to suit freelancers and start-ups, as well as larger leased spaces.

Tony Reed, head of commercial at Bruntwood Works, said: “It’s testament to the region’s resilience that firms continue to forge ahead and are seeking out the locations that offer them top-quality services and amenities with a community feel.

“We’re finding that many businesses are looking for innovative spaces to bring people together safely and drive engagement, and our breakout areas and private roof garden at Cotton Exchange can provide just that.”

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