Halliwells’ friends in the North

Word on the street is that North West firm Halliwells is in merger talks with Scottish firm Simpson & Marwick. The move would signal the firm’s first foray north of the border.

The timing of a proposed Anglo-Scots merger couldn’t be more ironic, with a break-up of the union between the two countries also being mooted: Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond is to propose a referendum on Scottish independence in a soon-to-be published white paper.

Halliwells is no stranger to merger discussions, of course, having embarked on something of a shopping spree in recent years. The litigation and property-focused firm brought in James Chapman & Co’s insurance team in March last year after snapping up property specialists Cuff Roberts in January 2005.

As a residential property and insurance firm with several Scottish offices and one in London, it seems Simpson & Marwick could get along very well with Halliwells. Watch this space.