Crossmans and Radcliffes to merge

WESTMINSTER firm Radcliffes & Co is the mystery merger partner poised to join forces with London neighbours Crossman Block.

The merger, due for completion by the end of the month, is expected to produce an enlarged firm under the name Radcliffes Crossman Block.

News of the link-up comes one week after it emerged that talks between Crossman Block and Martineau Walker had been called off.

Robert Vallings, managing partner of Radcliffes, says negotiations are at an advanced stage. “We have agreed in principle to merge, but there is quite a lot of ground to cover.

“We have got quite a lot of complementary skills. It is a very good fit and it will give us a more critical mass.”

He says common areas of interest include IT and intellectual property, charity work, private clients, and property.

Both firms say they have been interested in finding the ideal partner to merge with for some time.