Gateley Wareing and HBJ complete Anglo-Scottish merger

Gateley Wareing has completed its merger with Scottish firm Henderson Boyd Jackson, after it was announced in October 2005.

The new firm will be called HBJ Gateley Wareing, with offices in Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow. With 58 partners, 230 fee earners and a total staff of 390 the newly merged firm will move into the top 60 UK law firms.

The firm has estimated fee income in excess of £29m in its first full financial year.

HBJ Gately Wareing will be led by a management board including senior partners Malcolm McPherson and Mike Ward, finance director Martyn Finnigan, chief executive Stewart McIntyre, and partners Fraser Jackson and Andrew Madden.

Senior partner Mike Ward said the rationale behind the merger was linked to the two firms’ significant growth during the past few years.

He said both firms had also advised an increasing number of large national corporations, banks and financial institutions.

“(Both firms) have each experienced high levels of growth in our respective regions and believe the merger will allow us to translate this, with an evolutionary and integrated approach to growth, into a strong national platform,” Ward said.