Roundtable: law and regeneration

The regeneration of Birmingham has turned around the fortunes of England’s second city as it seeks to position itself as a global player. What lessons does this hold for the lawyers involved? Jonathan Rayner reports from the latest Gazette roundtable.

As published in the Law Society Gazette 14 September 2015

In the 19th century, as Birmingham prospered, it was among the great manufacturing cities whose political and business leaders directed its wealth to gestures of civic grandeur and feats of engineering and infrastructure.

But much of the 20th century brought bad news for the city and its peers further north, as the economy moved away from the manufacturing base that had made it great.

Recent years have seen Birmingham’s fortunes turn again. With prestigious private and public projects, from a new library to train station rebuilds, grade 1 office space and parks, Birmingham’s centre looks very different from a decade ago. Lawyers have been deeply involved in this transformation: so the city is the ideal location for a Gazette roundtable on the role of law and lawyers in a regeneration that appears to be a resounding success.

The nine participants, including a major City firm partner and a non-lawyer town planner, were upbeat in their assessments of Birmingham’s future. Some talked about the ‘real renaissance’ in the city, others about the expanding airport, while others still pointed to the relocation of major banks and the thousands of jobs this has created.

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