HBJ secures London foothold with marine merger

Anglo-Scottish firm HBJ Gateley Wareing has merged with London shipping and transport boutique Shaw & Croft.

The move will provide HBJ with offices in London, giving a platform for further growth in its banking and corporate practices, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (4 April).

HBJ partner Peter Davies said: “We’ve been looking at the prospect of opening in London for some time.”

He added that the firms make a strong combination because of the successful shipping and transport teams operated by both.

Due diligence for the move is underway and the merger is expected to complete formally at the end of this month.

Davies said: “We’ve not been looking at any other firms. Shaw & Croft is a niche practice that fits well with our firm.”