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Wakefield office will become the main hub for Minster Law by November 2018

Yorkshire-based personal injury specialist, Minster Law, has announced plans to establish its current Wakefield office as a single-site hub for its north of England business operation. Work will begin on refurbishment of the Calder Park site in the coming months to enable the business to house its 600 Yorkshire staff in Wakefield when the move out of its York site is complete in November 2018.

The move signals the next phase in an ongoing business transformation programme that is aimed at increasing stability for employees, business partners and clients by establishing Minster Law as a leader in the personal injury legal sector.

Staff at both sites were advised of the plans yesterday and the majority of York-based employees were notified of the opportunity for their roles to move to Wakefield. Those who choose not to remain with the business at the point of relocation will be given full support to find a suitable alternative role over the next 18 months.

In addition, a small number of Facilities staff were advised that their positions may be at risk and have also been offered support throughout the consultation period and beyond. Director of HR, Debra Cuddy said: “We invest heavily in training and career development and have a strong track record of supporting people in developing a range of skills not only appropriate to the legal industry, but also the wider business community which provides them with a competitive edge when looking for external vacancies.”

Minster Law Managing Director, Michael Warren, stressed: “Our focus is absolutely on business growth and development; this decision will inevitably reduce the overheads associated with running two sites, to give us extra resource for further investment in our ongoing transformation.”

“We studied a range of information in reaching this decision, including recruitment data that clearly shows our legal services vacancies in Wakefield are filled much quicker than in York. Wakefield’s proximity to the M1 and M62 opens our catchment to commuters from a broad geographical area, while still being accessible for our people in Wakefield and York.”

The dedicated London office will not be affected by this announcement.