Revealed: McGrigors and Pinsent Masons moot £282m merger  

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  • excellent journalism yet again (not) by the Lawyer quoting a "former" PM partner with all this knowledge of McG (who have posted strong results) and what PM's strategy should be, we all know who the "former" partner is. Any chance the Lawyer reports could deal in fact instead of trying to give credibility to a disgruntled ex partner?? it's like reading the Sun

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  • Let not be fooled, this is not a merger it's a takeover. Why is the word take over so hard to use these days? Well put it this way if the 'merger' does happen the new firm will be called 'Pinsent Masons'.
    Both firms have been helped through the tough economic problems in recent years by dedicated staff, now I fear a chunk of these dedicated staff that were happy to help in difficult times will now loose there jobs so the pockets of the big wigs will be filled even more by this 'merger'

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  • Perhaps the last poster, who purports to be an insider, can actually explain what the strategy is ? Most of the other comments on this article raise the same question; what does this merger add to Pinsent Masons other than more lawyers in Scotland ?

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  • McGrigors are now seeking shelter in a bigger firm. I bet he L'Estrange partners are wondering what they have done selling up and losing any control of their own destiny

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  • Seems like a good idea to me. Critical mass is increasingly important hence the number of recent mergers.
    McG's is a good firm, especially its tax and construction practices and should prove a good fit with PM's.

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  • As a fee earner not involved in the discussions I can only speculate, but if we join McGrigors the joint firm would become the largest in a few sectors across the UK. They have recently opened an office in Doha and we are in the middle east, it gives us a bigger international base. I really can see the merger being succesful, but I do think the timing is bad, as it is only for sheer greed of the big wigs this will happen. It's hard to see anyone loose ther job, and there will be a few no doubt, but during this difficult time when not many jobs are available it's a sign of neglect from PM and McG if it goes through

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  • Well I have to say that "Pinsent McGregors" has a definite ring to it.
    Far better than Pinsent Masons, which has a horrible flat thudding sound,
    And surely by now the Masons name is of no benefit, as the only people who remember them are ancient old fogeys like me. So dump it and replace it with the vibrant, throbbing McGrigors of the Glen, Braveheart all over again.

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  • you only have to look at McGrigors humungous overdraft to see what's in this for them - peace from a very unhappy bank. But despite that McGs still has some great clients and people and it's probably a good move for Pinsents to strengthen their Scottish end. McGrigors will get swallowed up though and no mistake and it will be a culture shock for many of the Scots in McGs.

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  • yes McG do have some great clients and people, let's hope they have the sense to get the right people bought into the process to avoid a disastrous transition

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