Cobbetts raids Wedlake Bell for London launch

Cobbetts has hired two partners from City firm Wedlake Bell to head its London corporate finance practice.

As first revealed on thelawyer.com (19 February), Cobbetts is to launch in London and expects to be fully operational by next month. The firm’s London corporate finance team will be led by Stuart Robertson and Simon Jones, who are set to join Cobbetts later this year from Wedlake Bell.

Cobbetts managing partner Michael Shaw said: “This is an exciting milestone for the firm and a natural progression for the continued expansion of our corporate finance practice.”

Cobbetts, which already has offices in Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, will focus on public markets, M&A and private equity work in London. Shaw said the firm is aiming to have around 10-12 corporate lawyers working out of the London office.