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Home counties practice Taylor Walton is to join the top 200 law firms by size via the acquisition of Woolley & Weston.
The 65 fee-earner St Albans firm, which last year merged with Hemel Hempstead firm Wainwrights, is taking on nine of competitor firm Woolleys' lawyers. The rest of Woolleys' practice is likely to go to other small high street firms.
Taylor Walton is one of the biggest firms in the region, with work ranging from commercial through to personal injury (PI) and private client. After recruiting lawyers from from top City firms, it has also gained a reputation for corporate work.
Among the nine Woolleys' lawyers joining Taylors are partners Sarah Stevens, Mark Bowen, and managing partner Julia Snow, who will all join as senior assistant solicitors.
The move will strengthen the firm's PI, childcare, and property departments. Snow said it would give the Woolleys' team "the back-up and support that can be provided by a larger organisation".