Mills & Reeve and George Davies vote for £77m June merger

Mills & Reeve is set to merge with Manchester firm George Davies on 1 June after their respective partnerships voted in favour of a tie-up yesterday afternoon (23 April).

Guy Hinchley
Guy Hinchley

The financially integrated deal expands Mills & Reeve’s Manchester team to 16 partners and 89 other staff, with the combined firm’s total headcount swelling to 112 partners and 870 staff across six offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester and Norwich.

It will be branded Mills & Reeve in all its offices following the union.

Its total revenues will be roughly £77m, an increase on Mills & Reeve’s 2011/12 turnover of £69.4m. Mills & Reeve currently has roughly 95 partners.

Both firms occupy office space on separate floors at 1 New York Street at present and will continue to be based there. Precise details about office integration are unconfirmed, but is it understood the current intention is to keep the two floors so that all staff will be on one floor and meeting rooms will be on the floor above.

Confirmation of the merger comes after The Lawyer revealed in February that the firms were in talks (8 February 2013).

Mills & Reeve managing partner Guy Hinchley said in a statement: “This merger will enable us to grow our presence in the north substantially and to progress our strategy of providing a full range of legal services to clients in our key sectors.

“We are very excited about the potential that our increased scale gives us in the north and the further career opportunities that it creates for the talented lawyers and business support professionals in our enlarged firm.”

George Davies managing partner Mark Hovell added: “As a well established, profitable Manchester firm we have had regular approaches from firms looking to establish or strengthen their presence in the Manchester marketplace.

“We chose to merge with Mills & Reeve as we have a lot of synergy with them and their culture closely reflects ours. This merger will enable us to offer our clients access to a wider range of legal services and specialist sector advice from the Mills & Reeve national practice and international networks and also to pursue new clients who have previously been beyond our reach.”