Merger Watch

Merger Watch keeps track of the latest law firm deals in the market

Who When Total turnover (£m) Total partner count Total lawyer numbers Type Stage
Linklaters and Allens Arthur Robinson N/A 1,475 658 2868 Merger Talks
Salans and SNR Denton N/A Circa £760m 689 2,000 Merger or joint venture Advanced talks
Ashfords and Rochman Landau n/a n/a 73 171 Merger Advanced talks
Cumberland Ellis and Wedlake Bell 1-Apr-12 n/a n/a n/a Merger Finalised
Herbert Smith and Freehills n/a 811.1 470 2000 Merger or joint venture
McGrigors and Pinsent Masons n/a 282 355 1257 Merger Finalised
DWF and Cobbetts n/a 127.5 213 688 Merger Talks abandoned
Dundas & Wilson and Bircham Dyson Bell n/a 93 127 388 Merger Talks abandoned
Allen & Overy and Allen & Gledhill n/a       Joint venture Exploratory talks
Ashurst and Blake Dawson JV by Mar 2012; full merger by 2014 553 421 1743 Joint venture, then merger Finalised; 2014 merger requires further vote
DAC and Beachcroft 1-Nov-11 177 230 895 Merger Live
BLG and Clyde & Co 1-Nov-11 307.5 280 973 Merger Live
Source: The Lawyer UK 200 2011 and firm websites