Lupton Fawcett confirms merger with York’s Denison Till

Yorkshire firm Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley has sealed expansion into York through a merger with local firm Denison Till, creating an £18m outfit.

The merger is the fourth bolt-on for Lupton Fawcett in four years, following the September 2012 merger with Lee & Priestley (12 September 2012) and the 2009 acquisitions of Fox Hayes’ commercial and private client business (19 December 2008) and Sheffield’s Hackett Windle. 

The two firms first announced they were in merger talks in July (3 July 2013).

The enlarged firm, which will be known as Lupton Fawcett Denison Till, will have around 280 staff, including 140 lawyers. The merger takes effect on Monday 2 December.

Denison Till managing partner Jonathan Cripwell will join the firm’s management and strategy boards and will continue to lead the York office.

Lupton Fawcett managing director Richard Marshall said the merger was a “great step forward” in the firm’s strategy of being a Yorkshire “firm of choice” for clients, both on commercial and private client issues.

Denison Till brings new practice areas to the firm – contentious construction, landed estates and agricultural, and ecclesiastical law.

Marshall added that the firm was keen to continue its expansion through lateral hires.

Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley had a solid financial year in 2012/13, with revenue rising to £13m from £12.4m the previous year. It is estimated that the combined firm will produce revenue of over £18m in its first year.