Working in Chester
Chester’s economy is stimulated by the university students, many of whom go on to live and work in Chester after graduating. As such, you’ll find it has a lively working population alongside the student community.
Industries within Chester include design, marketing and health (as well as law, of course), so you can expect a varied and interesting client base if you practise here.
Law firms include local and regional firms within the Cheshire and north-west areas, as well as boutique firms specialising in specific areas of practice.
Chester has a young professionals group, and lawyers moving to the area for the first time should get in touch with Cheshire and North Wales Junior Lawyers Division.
Chester is a small city, with around 120,000 residents, so it won’t take long for you to figure out your way around. This means it has a community feel; you will likely know your neighbours and see the odd friendly face when shopping on the double-tiered high street, The Rows.
It’s also a cultural hub, with two festivals per year, for literature and music respectively. The recently-built Storyhouse boasts two theatres, a cinema and a library.
You’ll find plenty by way of food to eat in Chester, with a smattering of independent restaurants, bistros and fine dining options.
History is a big part of living and working in the city: you could find yourself wandering past the city walls—which date back to Roman times—on your walk to work. You have the choice of living in a Georgian townhouse and shopping in Tudor buildings.
- Enjoy a fine dining experience at the Michelin-starred Arkle, or Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor.
- Head to the races for a truly authentic Chester experience. Commonhall St. Social is a delightful local pub with a beer garden for the summer months.
- Fiesta Havana and Rosie’s offer the full night-out experience for when you need to let your hair down.
- From local pubs to cocktail bars, there are plenty of places to grab an after-work drink.
- Take a stroll back in time by walking the Roman walls.
- Have a sugar-filled breakfast at Hanky Panky pancakes.
- Do a spot of shopping at Cheshire Oaks—a huge retail outlet.
- Take a day trip to North Wales—just 30 minutes away!
- Treat anyone who comes to stay to a river cruise along the River Dee.
- Visit the largest zoo in the UK!
As a small city, Chester is easily walkable, as well as featuring a park-and-ride and bus service. You can access other major cities via the railway station: Manchester (complete with an international airport), Liverpool and Crewe are all nearby, and London is two hours away.