Gulf War specialist Donns seeking merger partner

The new managing partner at Donns Solicitors, which is handling the bulk of the Gulf War Syndrome litigation on behalf of UK servicemen, says the firm is actively looking to merge.

Hilary Meredith is taking responsibility for the day to day management of the leading Manchester personal injury firm and freeing up senior partner Raymond Donn to concentrate on development and promotion of the firm.

She says Donns is in the early stages of talks with potential merger partners.

“We are currently talking to a number of people and are waiting for things to develop,” she says. “We are always actively looking to merge with other like-minded firms.”

Donns is representing more than 1,000 servicemen suffering from alleged Gulf War-related illnesses, with London firm Hodge Jones & Allen acting for a further 300.

Donn describes Meredith's appointment to managing partner as a reflection of business growth.

“It gives us a senior management team which will enable the firm to meet expansion in the future,” he says.