The economics of legal services no longer support any but the most rarefied of work being conducted in London. This is not driven by solicitors remuneration alone but rather a combination the enormous rental prices in the city and absurd domestic property prices. 

Staff at all levels need to be remunerated at a level which allows them to live a commutable business from the office; for some support staff this is becoming increasingly challenging. 

Estimates of "desk costs" per fee earner vary wildly by firm and office location but the range seems to be £4,000 to £6,000 per month. With infrastructure costs in the major regional cities less than half those found in London the benefits to the bottom line of even a modest amount of "north shoring" are clear. 

Jepson Holt are a specialist legal search firm based in the north serving Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London. www.jepsonholt.com