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Huge crack appears in BCLP’s Manchester office

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Exclusive: Real estate firm still hasn’t been able to return

A Legal Cheek mock-up of the crack

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has temporarily relocated its Manchester office after a giant crack appeared in one of the building’s walls.

The firm, which employs around 100 staff in Manchester, had to evacuate the Grade II-listed building last November when a fence smashed into the brickwork during high winds. At the time, Manchester City Council stressed that the incident wasn’t a safety issue and repair work was already being arranged.

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However, several months on and with all the building’s other tenants understood to be back on site, Legal Cheek has learned that BCLP, continues to operate from an interim office space across the street. According to one insider, this is because the 32-office-outfit is now in a “dispute” with the building’s landlord over the “repair work”.

The 76 King Street building, which is home to other businesses including retailers Belstaff and DKNY, is currently owned by HPPUT, an investment outfit which is part of the Daily Mail & General Trust pensions group. It purchased the building from real estate firm, Aprirose, for £18.25 million in September — just months before the crack appeared.

BCLP declined to comment.

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11 Comments

Anonymous

Can you DM me the detail?

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Anonymous

Reports are unclear whether Grayson had to take his iPad to have the screen replaced as well

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Anonymous

Initial reports suggest that the Ipad is unscathed. Although it is utilising that much network capacity that the rest of the office is suffering with one screen.

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Anonymous

Amazed this wasn’t deleted.

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Cracked years ago

That wall is a representation of every practicing lawyer.

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Anonymous

I hope these Construction titans win the dispute.

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Anonymous

BCLP isn’t a construction titan.

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Anonymous

Pinsents, maybe a titan on that level. BCLP is not that good in Construction Disputes.

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Anonymous

I initially read this as BPP

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Anonymous

My office. Now.

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Anonymous

This cracked me up

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