West End merger finalised

COMMERCIAL firms Forsyte Kerman and Saunders Sobell Leigh & Dobin will merge on 1 December.

The new firm, Forsyte Saunders Kerman, is the result of merger talks last month (The Lawyer, 27 September) and claims to be the second largest in the West End. It will be based at Forsyte Kerman's refurbished and expanded offices in New Cavendish Street.

Forstye Kerman carries its corporate structure to the new firm. Day-to-day decisions are taken by a board which makes recommendations and supplies reports to quarterly partners' meetings.

Both firms are well-known commercial property specialists. But Forsyte Kerman managing partner Alan Kaufman, who will continue this role in the new practice, emphasises other potential growth areas.

The new firm will inherit specialist credit control and insurance litigation units from Saunders Sobell Leigh & Dobin and intends to set up a satellite office in the Lloyds building. It will gain a matrimonial law team and a private client department from Forsyte Kerman.

The firm will have 31 partners and more than 60 fee earners. Paul di Biase will become chair and Brian Sobell deputy chair.