In brief: Forshaw merges with neighbour

Eleven-partner Warrington-based commercial firm Forshaw Spittles has merged with local two-partner practice Dove & Hodd. To be known as Forshaw Spittles Dove & Hodd, the new firm will have 70 staff as well as offices at Frodsham and Stockton Heath. Managing partner Michael Peake said the new practice would include lawyers specialising in personal injury and medical negligence as well as a dedicated commercial team.