New force in Sheffield

LONG-established South Yorkshire firms Keeble Hawson and Rodgers & Howe are to merge this month, creating what they say will be the third largest law firm in Sheffield.

The new firm will be called Keeble Hawson.

Senior partner Tony Gregory said the merger would broaden the range of expertise the firms could provide. He said Keeble Hawson had large civil litigation, commercial property and corporate departments, while Rodgers & Howe had a substantial private client base and legal aid department.

“We see the two firms as being complimentary rather than in competition,” he said.

He said that he hoped the merger would not lead to redundancies. “We are not going into it to make savings. We are doing it in order to expand.”

He said the offices of both firms would be retained “in the short term”.

Gregory added that the merger was something both firms had been considering independently for some time.