Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has denied reports that it has ruled out opening a legal services office in Vancouver, Canada. 

Managing partner Stephen Eilers said: ‘We haven’t made any final decisions about a second centre and are continuing to investigate a number of options.’

Last year the Gazette reported that the firm was going to create a ‘global centre’ in north America and that Vancouver was being floated as a potential option.

In 2015, the firm signed a lease to take up 80,000 sq ft of office space as a long-term base for a low-cost services hub in Greater Manchester. The north America office is intended to work alongside the Manchester office.

A third centre has also been suggested, possibly in the Asia-Pacific region, though the firm has yet to comment on its plans.

Freshfields is set to leave its Fleet Street home in 2021. Last month the Gazette confirmed that the firm had signed a 20-year lease to occupy floors 20-32 of 100 Bishopsgate, a yet-to-be completed skyscraper in the heart of the City.