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In one of the East Midlands' largest-ever law firm mergers, criminal and business defence firm Cartwright King has taken the entire business defence and criminal law teams of former rival Nelsons.
Sixty-three staff, including seven partners, have moved to Cartwright King's offices in Nottingham, Leicester and Derby, more than doubling the firm's numbers.
The result of a deal struck between the two firms in February, the move represents Nelsons' decision to cease offering criminal and business defence services.
Tim Hastings, chief executive at Nelsons, commented: "Criminal work has been an important part of what we've been doing until now, but that practice group hasn't grown, while the others in the firm have.
"Also, criminal practitioners are in a market where there always will be low margins and high volume, and they'll be better served by a firm that seeks to specialise in that area."
Cartwright King is the result of a management buyout at Freeth Cartwright in November 1999. The move bring the total number of lawyers at Cartwright King to 75.