Merger gives birth to Westminster firm

THE merger between London firms Radcliffes & Co and Crossman Block was confirmed last week with the launch of new practice Radcliffes Crossman Block.

Lyddon Simon and Robert Vallings, formerly Radcliffes' senior and managing partner respectively, take the same positions in the enlarged firm.

The operation will boast 38 partners and 200 members of staff, and will work from Radcliffes' offices in Great College Street, Westminster. Ex-Crossman Block staff will move from its premises in Aldwych by the end of this month.

Vallings says the new firm will have a company commercial focus, with emphasis on information technology, telecommunications and intellectual property.

The new firm will also boast a large tax planning operation.

Simon, appointed senior partner at Radcliffes in May, says: “Our firms are a very good fit. We retain the best of the existing firms and provide a major platform for growth.

“In addition to finding extra strength by adding depth to each firm's company commercial work, we have complementary strengths and skills in charities, healthcare, and property investment.

Simon adds: “At the same time, we will remain as one of the few major firms in London continuing to undertake private client work.”

The firm's international interests will include clients in the US, southern Africa and the Middle East.