In brief: Crossman/Walker merger talks are off

Merger talks between London firms Crossman Block and Walker Martineau have been scrapped, it emerged last week. Peter Dale, chief executive at Crossman Block, says the two sides could not agree on a way forward. “The talks are off with no plans to restart,” he says. Dale adds that the firm still wants to expand by merging and is in talks with other parties. Andrew Dixon, managing partner at Walker, declined to comment.