In brief: Niche Midlands practices join forces

Nottingham firm Ashton Bond Gigg has merged with Alan Oliver & Co, based in nearby West Bridgford. The merged seven-partner practice, which specialises in commercial law, is known as Ashton Bond Gigg. Alan Oliver, from Alan Oliver & Co, joins the firm as a partner and will work in the litigation department. The West Bridgford office has closed.