Revealed: McGrigors and Pinsent Masons moot £282m merger  

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  • Any firm teetering around the UK top 60-70 will probably be in the top 50 by the end of 2012, purely by virtue of the 'merger-mania'.

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  • A merger thats completely sensible and a little bit predictable. Good luck to them.

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  • Has Pinsents even properly sorted itself out from its last merger?? Still could do with trimming the fat.

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  • A pretty sensible move.
    Gaining sufficient scale is becoming imperative, and 'sufficient' is rapidly going to mean a £1 billion + turnover and the resources and platform to participate in international consolidation.

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  • Interesting move. McGrigors has really come a long way in the last few years and has left Dundas, Maclays and ShepWed behind. It's profitability may not be great but it's shown itself to be able to adapt and has done it early enough in the curve to look first mover-ish. What's the combined firm going to be called though? Pinsent McGrigors? McPinsents?

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  • So why does Richard look so unhappy in the picture?
    I feel like I should 'talk him down'.

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  • I fear for the "squeezed middle" fee earners, the ones least likely to benefit from the birth of this Super-firm and most likely to end up cast into the legal wilderness.

    The other big four Scottish firms had better line up a dance partner then or they're just going to be completely dwarfed in terms of size and service offered compared to McPinsents.

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  • I do not see the logic in this move. McGrigors do not have the critical mass in London or abroad that would attract Pinsent Masons or stellar practices that would be of interest. Surely Pinsent Masons would be better consolidating in London with a quality outfit like LG or Stephenson Harewood. The only logical explanation is that legacy Masons partners are looking for more construction/projects lawyers. Why is anyones guess.

    Maybe there is something we are missing here? Are Pinsent Masons in trouble?

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  • It could be called Bigger McGrigors

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  • McGrigors was a good firm with quality lawyers and strong HBOS and RBS connections. That wont do them that much good today in real income terms. Pinsent Masons scrubs along outside the top ten uk firms. It does little that distinguishes it, but seems to bob along ok. How does this merger change anything in a positive sense for its partners? Bigger aint always beautiful!

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