In brief: West Midlands practice swallows niche firm

West Midlands firm Needham & James, which has offices in Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon, has taken over the niche commercial and corporate finance firm Hunt & Co. James Hunt, of the two-partner firm, left Needhams in 1992 to set up his own practice with Anthony Rudge. The two will become Needhams 11th and 12th partners. Rudge said the practice had become fed up with constantly referring clients to other firms without receiving reciprocal referrals. “As partners at Needhams we can benefit from the cross-referral of work.”