In brief: Stones Cann & Hallett

Stones Cann & Hallett has merged with Burd Pearse in a bid to become a larger presence in the South West. It follows Stones' merger with Cann & Hallett by exactly a year. The practice now totals 18 partners and more than 100 staff in four offices. The firm will be known as Stones. Hugh Winterbotham, senior partner at Stones, says: “This is part of our aim to take top quality legal advice to clients throughout the West Country. We feel that established clients of both practices will welcome this merger, and that new clients will be attracted by it.”