GLD officials to move into HMRC site in Salford

“Exciting” move will help department become "truly national", perm sec Susanna McGibbon says
Three New Bailey. Photo: GLD

By Tevye Markson

18 Jan 2023

The Government Legal Department will open a new office in Greater Manchester, joining HM Revenue and Customs officials who moved to the Salford site last year.

The GLD has signed an agreement with HMRC for colleagues to move into Three New Bailey, Salford, Greater Manchester, in April.

Around 20 staff will move initially, with 120 to be based there in total, including relocated staff and new recruits

The GLD, which is home to government’s principal legal advisers, is made up of up of nearly 3,000 staff, including more than 2,500 lawyers. It currently has offices in Bristol, Leeds and London.

Susanna McGibbon, GLD’s permanent secretary, said the move is “an exciting moment” for the department.  

“Establishing a new office in the northwest is an important step in us becoming truly national and creating unique career opportunities across the country,” she said.

Attorney general Victoria Prentis said the expansion of GLD in the northwest would be “an exciting step” for both the department and the city, which she said has a “thriving legal market”.

“As a former government lawyer myself, I am well aware of the exciting and varied career they can offer and I very much hope that talented local lawyers will take the opportunity to join this valuable and important team,” she added.

The Cabinet Office has so far earmarked 2,500 jobs to move from London to Manchester by 2025 as part of its Places for Growth programme.This will include asite in the centre of Manchester, on Marble Street where the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is setting up a base for 400 staff on Marble Street. The Government Property Agency is also considering setting up a hub in central Manchester at a former retail park. 

So far, 700 jobs have already been relocated.


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