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Evans secures new law firm tenant at Minerva

Leeds-based Evans Property Group has agreed a new letting to the UK’s largest specialist law firm, Stowe Family Law, at its Grade A Minerva office building within Leeds’ Bond Court city centre development.

Stowe Family Law has agreed half a floor, comprising 2,631 sq ft on the second floor on a six year lease term at the extensively upgraded Minerva building, which offers prime space arranged over ten floors.

The leading law firm is relocating from smaller premises at Portland Street in Leeds as part of a rapid expansion plan following its acquisition by private equity house, Livingbridge, in February 2017.  Founded by Marilyn Stowe, the law firm now has more than 140 staff and a network of 14 offices across the UK.

Evans Property Group injected life into the Bond Court area of Leeds City Centre with a major £25m investment to create high quality commercial and leisure space in addition to extensive public realm works. In collaboration with Leeds City Council, the team’s five-year project has now transformed the business district, with the office buildings of Minerva and Capitol providing much-needed Grade A, BREEAM Excellent space.

Bond Court is also home to its jewel in the crown, the luxury 5* boutique Dakota Deluxe hotel, several stylish restaurants and revitalised public spaces. 

Since its extensive refurbishment, Minerva has attracted a host of high calibre tenants, including three recent lettings to; corporate finance practice Sentio Partners LLP, leading data and services provider Proact IT and specialist business advisory firm FRP Advisory.

Richard Bean, asset manager at Evans Property Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome such a highly regarded law firm to Minerva as a new base to support its expansion plans.  The City of Leeds is a great place to be as a leading financial and legal centre and Minerva is a prestigious address with access to a wide range of high calibre fellow tenants such as global financial services company, UBS and Standard Life.”

Clem McDowell, senior surveyor at JLL, said: “We are delighted to confirm a further letting at Minerva to such a prestigious and well-respected firm of solicitors. This latest deal adds to the continuous success of the building in attracting a number of discerning tenants. The building is now almost full with circa 1,500 sq ft of space remaining.”

CBRE and JLL are joint office agents on Minerva.


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