A g’day for RJW

After several years of watching UK firms carve up the market Down Under, an Aussie firm has struck back.

Today’s big breaking story is the takeover of Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) by Slater & Gordon, which was itself the first ever law firm to list.

Coming just one week after the takeover of PI outfit Silverbeck Rymer, and further pre-IPO moves by Irwin Mitchell, the Slater & Gordon deal reaffirms the transformation of consumer-facing legal services.

RJW – which also owns Claims Direct – wants to be number one in family, employment and personal injury on the high street, and now it’s got the financial backing to do it.

With those ambitions, let’s hope they get things together on the branding front. Russell Jones & Walkabout, anyone?