HBJ takes over Boyds as expansion gathers pace

Anglo-Scottish firm HBJ Gateley Wareing has merged with Glasgow and Edinburgh firm Boyds Solicitors, the firm’s second merger in as many months.

The tie-up gives the firm 23 new fee-earners in corporate, dispute resolution and commercial property and follows the takeover of London shipping and transport boutique Shaw & Croft last month, as first reported on www.thelawyer.com (4 April).

HBJ senior partner Malcolm McPherson said: “We have for some time wanted to increase our presence in Glasgow and merging with Boyds gives us the ideal platform to build a substantial business there.

“As is often the case, this business decision has been prompted and encouraged by clients in all our offices throughout the UK and we’re delighted that we’ll be working with such a top-class team.”

The HBJ Gateley Wareing name will remain unchanged.

The merger is just the latest in a series of expansionary moves for the firm. As well as the Shaw & Croft merger in April, which gave HBJ its first office in London and a platform for growth in banking and corporate, these moves have included the hires of Hammonds property partner Ray Simpson earlier this month (The Lawyer, 8 May), former Birmingham property head Michael Park in July last year and logistics and transport partner Buddug Williams from Shakespeares in January.

The firm’s Glasgow office has been particularly ambitious, launching an employment team with the hire of BT senior solicitor Robert King last autumn and a transport group in March (The Lawyer, 30 March).