Seven partners are being hired initially.

Former head of DWF healthcare sector group, Michael Boyd, is joining the firm. Michael has specialised in commercial issues affecting the NHS for nearly 20 years, advising NHS bodies and private sector providers on regulatory issues, M&A transactions, joint ventures and collaborations. Julie Cowan-Clark, who also joins from DWF, has more than 15 years’ property experience across the public and private sector, has in recent years worked almost exclusively for housing associations dealing with complex site acquisitions, security work, issues related to commercial leases and stock transfers.

Managing partner of Bevan Brittan, Duncan Weir, told Insider: “We are excited to be opening an office in Leeds and with it a new chapter in the development of Bevan Brittan. Our move is in response to client demand and cements our status as a growing firm delivering national public, private and third sector work. We are an ambitious firm with aspirations for sustainable growth, which is why we are making a significant investment and bringing in some of the very best talent in the UK, across both public sector and private specialisms. Leeds is a major commercial centre in its own right and also a key centre for the public sector, taking a lead role in the Core Cities programme and housing NHS England’s national HQ.”

As many firms are realising (like Weightmans, which recently merged with Leeds firm Ford & Warren), it makes strong sense for to have a base in the Leeds legal market.