Bristol’s Veale Wasbrough set for City merger

Bristol firm Veale ­Wasbrough has taken its first steps into the London market by seeking a merger with 17-partner City firm Vizards Tweedie.

The two firms are in talks that, if successful, would ­create a firm with a combined turnover of £22m.

Vizards, a law firm and parliamentary agent, has practice areas in property, commercial, family and ­private client, among ­others.

Veale managing partner Simon Heald said the two firms had been in discussions for several months and pointed to synergies in ­charities, private client, real estate and public sector. He described the move as “a great step ­forward”.

Veale rents office space in London but does not have any partners ­stationed there.

The combined firm would have 330 staff, 46 partners and offices in Bristol and Fetter Lane, London.