Fairmays is merging today (2 April) with niche commercial property and media litigation firm Goldsmiths.
Fairmays managing partner Alistair Langford says: "We've worked with Goldsmiths before - they wanted a home while we were looking for additional people. The litigation they do is very different to our litigation work, which is attractive, and we have a big commercial property department to handle those aspects of their client work which they feel they don't have the capability for."
Goldsmiths senior partner Lee Goldsmith, who established the firm five years ago, brings partner Sarah Rees and two assistants. Goldsmiths' third partner, John Levinson, is moving to Howard Kennedy.
Goldsmith, who recently acted for Peter Mandelson in the Hammond inquiry, said a merger was the obvious choice because of the demands of his principal clients, internet gaming companies. "Because of the increase in internet gambling, my clients have been imposing greater demands for a more wide-ranging service," he says.