Working in Liverpool
Every year, many students graduate from Liverpool’s universities and are persuaded to stay in the city by its friendly atmosphere and widespread cultural highlights. Its economy is one of the fastest-growing in the country—a combination of a growing cultural and commerce scene, together with the steady influx of students to stimulate real estate and the graduate market, has probably fuelled this growth.
This means that Liverpool is an exciting place to practice law, with a number of practice areas in which to specialise. Clients could be from the health, scientific research, culture and real-estate sectors—all of which are steadily growing in the city. It's also home to a diverse range of larger businesses; there’s still a strong focus on logistics and storage due to the port, as well as a growing number of automotive, transport, creative and digital and business services companies.
One particular niche offered by Liverpool is sports law: the two football clubs, Liverpool FC and Everton FC, are worth millions.
You’ll find a variety of firms, ranging from the Liverpool offices of national firms to regional firms that operate exclusively within Merseyside. The city has a number of young professionals’ networks, such as Merseyside Young Professionals, which organise a range of events and meet-ups at which members can meet like-minded people.
Wandering around Liverpool will offer ample insight into its heritage: as a major shipping city, a music hub and former industry giant, its identity is complex.
A visit to the Albert Dock—a World Heritage Site—is a good chance to get to grips with the city’s history; you can visit the Maritime museum as well as The Beatles museum, and check out some modern art in the Tate Liverpool. Venturing further afield, you’ll find the largest collection of museums outside of London: the Walker Art Gallery, the Museum of Liverpool and the World Museum are all within walking distance of each other.
The city was named Capital of Culture in 2008, and since then there’s been significant investment in its cultural and tourism offerings. The waterfront has been modernised and redeveloped, Liverpool One has grown into a bustling shopping experience, and brand-new museums have been built.
When it comes to northern stereotypes, Liverpool certainly conforms to the “friendly” one: a simple trip to the shops could see you swapping life stories with a pensioner on a bus, seeking fashion advice from a shop assistant and making best friends with a barista in a café. Liverpudlians simply don’t subscribe to the angry commuter mentality.
Keep your eye out for world-class musicians performing at the Echo arena. It’s situated in the middle of the Albert Dock, which hosts a wealth of bars and pubs, making it the perfect destination to grab a drink before (or after!) your gig.
Head to the Baltic Triangle if you’re a fan of Peaky Blinders. The themed bar, inspired by the BBC gangster series, is complete with live music and flat-capped “gangsters”.
More centrally, you could check out the nightclubs in Concert Square—all conveniently within walking distance of each other!
For an experience that honours Liverpool’s musical heritage and devotion to a good night out, head to Mathew Street: home of the Cavern Club.
- Take a stroll around the Tate art gallery in the Albert Dock.
- Get all of your shopping done in Liverpool One: Liverpool’s centrally-located shopping destination. If you prefer vintage to the high street, head to Bold Street.
- Enjoy a summer picnic or winter walk in Sefton Park.
- Go hunting for Liverpool’s bizarre yet endearing sculpture, the superlambanana.
- Check out some sublime architecture. The Radio City tower, two cathedrals, the bombed-out church and the liver building make for a diverse skyline. Explore on foot, or hop on the Liverpool Wheel to get a bird’s eye view if you’re feeling lazy.
- Take a trip to Formby beach to go red-squirrel spotting.
- Enjoy a bite to eat in Liverpool’s Chinatown. - Get dressed up and enjoy a day at the races at nearby Aintree Races.
Liverpool is well-connected to other key destinations in the North West—you can get to Manchester in under 40 minutes. You can reach the rest of the country via Liverpool Lime Street (Liverpool to London takes just over two hours!) and venture elsewhere in Europe via Liverpool John Lennon Airport. The city’s proximity to the Mersey makes it easy to catch a ferry to Birkenhead or the Wirral, as well as Dublin, Belfast and the Isle of Man.
Locally, you can use Merseytravel rail and bus services to get around. The city centre is compact enough to walk around without relying on public transport.