Belfast Office Profile
We are based in one of the most modern and iconic additions to the city’s booming Waterfront area. The Soloist is an open plan office which offers all the latest facilities, as well amazing views over Belfast. It’s close to the city centre shops, restaurants and main Court buildings. We are a fully-servicing office with local, national and international clients.
43 Qualified Solicitors
8 Trainee Solicitors
At the office you’ll find:
- A bike storage area, with showers, towels and wardrobes – handy if you want to cycle to work, or run at lunchtime
- Weekly Pilates classes
- ‘The Dock’ dining area, where you can have a coffee, make and eat lunch, and catch up with colleagues
The best places to eat, drink and shop
Belfast’s food scene has changed dramatically in recent years. As well as the restaurant chains you might expect, there are plenty of places offering something different. And many of them are right on our doorstep.
- The National Grande Café on High Street offers a range of breakfasts, including sweet and savoury bakes from the (totally delicious) Patisserie Mimi next door
- For a more traditional breakfast try the infamous Ulster Fry from Harlem Café on Bedford Street
- If you’re looking for something smarter, Hadski’s serves up brunches at the weekends guaranteed to make your mouth water
- Clements Café and Ground Espresso Bar are both small, local chains with shops that are just a quick walk from the office
- Established Coffee in the nearby Cathedral Quarter is a new addition to the scene and serves up delicious coffee in stylish surroundings
- West on Castle Street does excellent take-away sandwiches, panini and wraps, as you’ll guess from the queue, and Grapevine on Pottingers Entry serves up hearty stews and soups which are particularly welcome on cold winter days
- Slim’s Healthy Kitchen on Lisburn Road has recently opened and serves tasty meals that help you keep an eye on your waistline
- For something different on a Friday head to St George’s Market. It was named the UK’s Best Large Indoor Market in 2014, and has all sorts of foods to choose from, including crepes, curries, paella, burgers and more
- If you’re after fine dining, you can’t do better than Ox on Oxford Street. Many consider it to be Belfast’s best restaurant. It’s very near the office, but you will need to book
- There are two Made in Belfasts, both worth a visit for the quirky surroundings alone, but the food’s great too
- You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the city from The Ivory on the top floor of House of Fraser and it’s only a few minutes’ walk from the office
- Other places that come highly recommended include Stix & Stones, Howard Street, Mourne Seafood Bar, James Street South and Home
- The Duke of York, in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, has bags of old-fashioned Belfast charm and often draws a crowd that overflows on to the surrounding streets. Live traditional music and one of the largest whisky selections in the city are just some of the reasons why it’s so popular
- Bert’s Jazz Bar, attached to the five-star Merchant Hotel, offers a slightly more sophisticated evening, with an extensive cocktail list and live jazz music
- Shiro on Brunswick Street comes highly recommended for cocktails with an Asian twist
- The National Grande Café is a favourite with professionals and boasts the largest beer-garden in Belfast (complete with heaters for the winter months)
Just as Belfast’s food scene has become increasingly interesting and diverse, so has the shopping. Boutiques, independents and specialist shops line up alongside high-street favourites. It can be hard to drag yourself away.
- Minutes from the office is Victoria Square, a pedestrianised area of shops, restaurants and an 8-screen Odeon, topped with a huge glass dome. Lots to see, buy and do, and plenty of nice places to eat
- Running from Belfast’s iconic City Hall, Donegall Place has numerous high-street stores as well as Castle Court Shopping Centre
- A little further out, Belfast’s Lisburn Road has high-end boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops
Sport & Fitness
As well as Pilates classes on site, you’ll find quite a few gyms nearby. Colleagues often go for a run at lunchtime in informal groups and people are generally up for something more organised if you give them enough notice.
- The Tag Rugby team is open to all levels, and plays in the summer months. They’ve achieved back-to-back league wins in the last three years
- The 5-a-side football team also has a glittering trophy cabinet, including league wins for three of the last four years and victory in a tournament organised by the Prince’s Trust
- Among the gyms nearby are Pure Gym, DW Fitness Club, Queen’s Sport, The Gymnasium at the Merchant Hotel and Spirit Health Club at the Holiday Inn
Local attractions, culture and the arts
Right next to the office is Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, which is always busy with concerts and events. But there are plenty of other ways to spend your free time.
- The new MAC arts venue has a regularly changing schedule of exhibitions and plays
- The Lyric Theatre in Stranmillis has recently been rebuilt and won awards for its architecture. It’s worth checking out for its rich mix of plays, music, comedy and performance. Liam Neeson and Kenneth Branagh are just two of the notable actors who’ve trod its boards
- If it’s movies you’re after, The Queen’s Film Theatre in the University area is Northern Ireland’s only licensed cinema, and has two screens showing everything from classics and indies to blockbusters
- Other things worth doing are taking a trip to the infamous Victorian prison, Crumlin Road Gaol, immersing yourself in the history one of the city’s most famous creations at Belfast Titanic, and joining one of the numerous tours which goes into the city’s troubled past and now peaceful present