In brief: Herbert Wilkes swallows up Barr Cleary

Birmingham commercial firm Herbert Wilkes has taken over the small three-partner practice Barr Cleary. Under the arrangement, Barr Cleary senior partner David Cleary will become a Herbert Wilkes partner, boosting the number of partners at the firm to 16. He will bring Barr Cleary's staff of 10 to Herbert Wilkes. Of the two other partners one, Colin Barr, is retiring, while the other, John Cooper, has joined Dibb Lupton Alsop in Birmingham.