Big Becks at Withers and Speechly?

Some deals make all the difference. Take football star David Beckham, who fast-tracked to celebrity with a series of lucrative partnership deals that transformed him into the chiseled jaw that sells pretty much everything.

Despite calling time on his 20-year footy career, Becks’ million-dollar beard will continue to sell fizzy drinks and underpants from here to Mars, generating more cash for the Beckham empire and fees for his lawyers.

And with that, it’s back to law. Next week Withers and Speechly Bircham will hold an interim vote to decide whether or not to progress their merger talks and create a £170m firm.

One source close to the action predicts a 50/50 chance of the deal going through, with partners on both sides expecting to vote on a merger as early as Wednesday.

Now as far as The Lawyer is aware the closest Speechlys has got to Golden Balls was back in 2008, when it advised food maker G03 on a deal endorsed by the player. If the merger goes through maybe the mighty Becks brand will feel the power of Withers Speechly Bircham.

It’s all kicking off indeed.

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